Sometimes the wind blows–hard. “Bend, but don’t break,” the words on our family crest remind me that responding to external forces with strength, flexibility, and balance is helpful.

My prayer

O Spirit that moves like the wind, when Your Unseen Presence directs me, may I, like a dancing partner, be responsive to Your leading.

Biblical touchstones

  • In the beginning…the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Genesis 1:1-2
  • Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind! Blow upon my garden that its fragrance may be wafted abroad. Song of Songs 4:16
  • The wind blows to the south, and goes around to the north; round and round goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns. Ecclesiastes 1:6

Invitation to prayer

With your body or your imagination move as if you were a tall stalk of pampas grass being blown by a strong wind. Feel yourself responding without becoming unbalanced. Enjoy the experience. As you bend and sway, what prayers are emerging in  your heart, mind, body and imagination? Pray them now.


Pampas grass in San Jose de Mayo, Uruguay (South America)



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