Blow, Holy Spirit

Samuel anoints David
David is anointed by Lawrence OP via Flickr CC by 2.0

We name you wind, power, force, and then,
    imaginatively, “Third Person.”
We name you and you blow . . .
    blow hard,
    blow cold,
    blow hot,
    blow strong,
    blow gentle,
    blow new . . .
Blowing the world out of nothing to abundance,
blowing the church out of despair to new life,
blowing little David from shepherd boy to messiah,
blowing to make things new that never were.
    So blow this day, wind,
    blow here and there, power,
    blow even us, force,
Rush us beyond ourselves,
Rush us beyond our hopes,
Rush us beyond our fears,
    until we enact your newness in the world.
Come, come spirit. Amen.

Walter Brueggemann, 1933 -,  American Protestant Old Testament theologian


So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David from that day on. Then Samuel returned to Ramah.

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