688. No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

Let me arise and open the gate,
to breathe the wild warm air…
To let in Life,
and to let out Death.
~Violet Fane, British novelist, poet, and essayist

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Blow, Breath of heaven, blow!  Blow through the land and over the waters.  Carry away death’s dark vapors and let life in.  Let the “wild warm air” of springtime spark life in every nook and cranny.  Let every mountain, plain, and valley break forth in gladness.  Let the ceaseless waves of the seas and the rushing currents of rivers roar with a renewed passion for life.  Let the clouds suckle earth’s waters and then send rain from heaven to moisten the earth and let loose her flowering.  Let life, whole and vibrant, dazzle us into a new awareness of You.

Blow, Breath of heaven, blow!  Blow through us and take us down to the bottom of our souls where You, O God, the Breath of all things, are present “deep within all that has life.”  We who have recently traversed winter’s dark domain yearn to feel your warmth and vitality course through our bodies and all that has life again.  We long for earth and sky’s vast array of bright colors to take away winter’s preponderance of grays and browns.  O Holy One, come; let us see You “in every emanation of Creation’s life.”  We give you glory and thanks for all that You are, for Your ever-lasting goodness and never-ending love, “for creatures stirring forth,” “for plant forms stretching and unfolding,” “for the stable earth and its solid rocks.”  O blessed Breath of heaven, arise and blow life afresh through Eden’s gates!

By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.  ~Psalm 33:6   ✝

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17 thoughts on “688. No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. ~Hal Borland

  1. What a beautiful post this evening. It describes exactly how I’m feeling. Am seeing the little peek-a-boo green eyes on my Althea shrub now and that lets me know that spring is setting up in the area. There are even a few little sprinkles outside but not many are hitting the ground. Love, V

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  2. Oh, Natalie! This is so beautiful. I have for many years been fascinated by the phrase “Breath of Life”.

    I remember attending a Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class on the book of John from the fall of 1990 through the spring of 1991. Then I saw this verse:

    “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: ” John 20:22

    I was reminded of this verse:

    ” And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7

    I remember thinking about how they were connected, and it really moved me. I wrote a song based on it and sang it for my discussion group. It was called “Breathe Your Breath Upon me”. The words are posted in the section devoted to poems and songs in my Serenaded Softly Blog if you ever want to look at them.

    Hugs and Blessings,
    Theresa

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