LENT DAY 23
it’s hard to fathom
the undulating breath
like wind with the sea
in the rhythm of renewal
becoming then falling
rising and crashing
like thunder and lightning
in a midnight sky
Pneuma is an ancient Greek word for “breath” and, in a religious context, for “spirit” or “soul.” It has various technical meanings for medical writers and philosophers of classical antiquity, particularly in regard to physiology, and is also used in Greek translations of ruach רוח in the Hebrew Bible, and in the Greek New Testament.
In classical philosophy, it is distinguishable from the psyche, which originally meant “breath of life” but is regularly translated as “spirit” or, most often, “soul.” —Debora Buerk, Editor
1949 – 2023
Here & Now dedicates the Lent & Easter series to Steve’s memory.
We invite you to post a tribute to Steve for his family in the comments box below.
— Debora Buerk, Editor
Steve and Kathy McPhail at a Selah Companions gathering held on Zoom preparing for communion.
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