1 Corinthians 15:35-49
Holy Spirit, Holy Breather,
moving this way and that
invisible to our broken, adamic eyes.
Come Breathe on us.
Come breathe and lift and swirl and fill
Perforate our lives with your holy breathe and
enliven these cold forsaken bones
…winnow away death that life might spring up.
Wind of God, blow far from us
all dark despair, all deep distress, all groundless fears,
all sinful desires, all Satan’s snares, all false values,
all selfish wants, all wasteful worries.
Breath of God, Blow into us your holy presence,
your new creation, your living love, your healing touch,
your unearthly courage, your mighty strength,
your perfect peace, your boundless concern
your divine grace, your neverending joy.
Wind of God, blow strong, blow fresh, blow on us now.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit. Amen.
“But the deeper, underlying point is that the adjectives of this type, Greek adjectives ending in –ikos, do not describe the material out of which things are made, but the power or energy which animates them. It is the difference between asking on the one hand “is this a wooden ship or an iron ship?” (the material from which it is made) and asking on the other “is this a steam ship or a sailing ship?” (the energy which empowers it).” -N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope
Further “Of First Importance” Series Reading
Resounding Truth by Jeremy Begbie
NICNT: 1 Corinthians by Gordon Fee
Anchor Bible Commentary: 1 Corinthians by Joseph Fitzmeyer
Interpretation: 1 Corinthians by Richard B. Hays
Miracles by C.S. Lewis
The Corinthian Body by Dale Martin
Prototype by Jonathan Martin
Resurrection & Moral Order by Oliver O’Donovan
Living the Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
Practice Resurrection by Eugene Peterson
Unapologetic by Francis Spufford
Resurrection and the Son of God by N.T. Wright (academic)
Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright (accessible)