Forcing frozen pellets from the clouds,
the wind fiercely proclaims its power.
Winged and footed creatures flee
for protection from its path.

Nothing escapes the demanding onslaught.
All living things run or hide or bend or break
before such aggression.

After the violence a silent stillness
displays a landscape covered in crystal and white
and breath becomes visible in the cold.

Violent wind.
Cold air.
Warm breath.
Quiet stillness in which the ruach,
wind —
the very Spirit of God —
breathes my name.

(c) 1996; See also Fall/Fire, Spring/Water, and Summer/Earth in the series Seasons.


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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