Riding My Bike

I love the weather warming up – getting to stand in the sun – enjoying the breeze and the smell of outside. Sometimes I forget what that is like…I become so used to the recycled air of my home and office – air passed through a furnace and duct work…A home’s morning breath if you will.

Now that the weather is warming up I’ll be getting my bike out more often…there is something about riding outside – not in the confines of a car. Face to face with the sun and wind.

This is how I feel at times with my faith – as if my faith is that stagnant air of winter months – passed through the mechanisms of life but never ‘fresh’ – it isn’t bad but it isn’t the stuff that causes me to breathe deeply – filling my lungs with a cleansing breath. It is the air I must endure until the spring renewal of faith.

I love that G_d’s actions within creation is referred to as His Breath and/or Wind – we usually translate this into Spirit. So I want to encourage you to breathe in deeply the Wind of G_d. Get out and enjoy the air.

Today’s Blessing (4.03)

Blessed are You, O’LORD our G_d, King of the universe, Creator of all things that you bring the rains of spring to cleanse and wash away the decay of winter. May Your rain continue to fall to bring both cleansing and new growth. You are Holy – You are G_d Almighty.

Spring is a time of mixed feelings for me. I struggle during the winter months with depression so I look forward to any sign of spring – it quite literally, in the gray mid-west, is the light at the end of the dim winter tunnel. With spring comes the hope of sunshine and warmth – but not until after the early season rains. With spring comes the hope of new life – but not until after the rotted leaves of the previous fall are washed away or consumed back into the earth. Much of life seems to be like spring – a time of hope but an arduous journey to get there.

Muddy shoes will give way to bare-feet in green grass…what muddy shoes of today will become the bare-feet in green grass, for you, tomorrow? May we learn to splash in the puddles, dance in the rain, and make way for the sunshine.