At Doug Roland’s memorial service a few weeks ago, I shared a story about Doug from twenty years ago. He was leading his small group Bible study in examining the story of Pentecost in Acts 2, and closed the session with a prayer, in which he asked his fellow group members this question:

“Do you feel the wind?”

Doug’s question evoked the rush of wind that the people of Pentecost experienced that day. But it also prompted personal reflection from members of the group: “Do you feel the wind? Do you sense the Spirit of God prompting you, strengthening you, leading you, into places that only faith can see?

The following week, fellow class member and poet Alaina Thevenet shared a poem with the class that she had written, inspired by Doug’s question. I shared the last stanza in Doug’s service; here is the beautiful poem in its entirety:

“Did You Feel the Wind?”
(A Poem for Doug Roland)
By Alaina Thevenet

Did you feel the Wind
as it wrapped itself around you?
Did you hear the Wind
as a whisper through the trees?
Did you hear the Wind
as a mighty rushing river?
Did you feel the Wind
as a gentle, tender breeze?

Did you feel the Wind
as a balm to bring you healing?
Was the Wind a comfort
as a lullaby at night?
Did you hear the Wind
as the voice of One who loves you?
Did the Wind surround you,
hold you captive with its might?

Did you feel the Wind
in your joy and in your sorrow?
Did you hear the Wind
offer intercessory prayer?
Did you feel the Wind
yesterday, today, tomorrow?
Do you know the Wind
is always with you, everywhere?

As we celebrate Pentecost this Sunday, let us each open our hearts and minds to the Holy Spirit, who has been at work through every season of our lives. Even in times when we feel disoriented, the Spirit is guiding us into a new way of being and a new way of living. That is the heart of my sermon this Sunday, and I hope you will join me in feeling, hearing, and knowing the wind of the Spirit anew.

Grace and peace,

Magrey

The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

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