Two of the more important discoveries in the history of humankind were learning how to tame fire and how to harness the wind.
We have recently seen the destruction those two elements can cause in the wild fires around and in Fort McMurray in Canada and in the tornadoes that devastated several southern and mid-Western communities.
But fire tamed can cook our food, heat our homes, and boil our water. Wind that is harnessed fills our sails, turns our windmills, and is a source of renewable energy.
Wind and fire also symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it can seem destructive, upending lives and burning out sin. Sometimes it can be more constructive, propelling us along paths not yet taken with a warming glow in our hearts.
Today which coming of the Holy Spirit do you need:
a purifying, raging fire or a soft candlelight glow;
a whirling tornado or a light gentle breeze?
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