Posted by Rev. Jon Dunbar

Dear saints of St. Paul, good morning! If you’d like to preview the Bible readings for Sunday they are: Psalm 130; Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:1-11; John 11:1-45. After yesterday, who can doubt the power of a Nebraska wind? It pushes vehicles off the road, shakes homes on their foundations and removes precious topsoil by the ton. We may not often enjoy the wind but days like yesterday certainly teach us to respect it. As you may know, the Hebrew word for Spirit can also be translated “breath” or “wind”, all three of which play a big role in these readings. And how powerful is the breath (or Spirit or wind) of the LORD? It is strong enough to raise dead, dry bones into a living, breathing army. God’s people were feeling hopeless and cut off. And then the Spirit blew and Life returned and hope was restored. Have you ever faced a situation that seemed hopeless – with no solution, no peace, no light at the end of the tunnel? Do not doubt the power of God’s Spirit. It blows through well-worn channels: of Scripture, of baptismal promises, of the shared meal of bread and wine. It breathes Life into God’s Church, the Body of Christ. And where there is Life, there is always hope. God bless you by His Spirit this week!