Soplo de Dios (O Living Breath)
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- © 1998 Augsburg Fortress
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- © 2006 Augsburg Fortress
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Further Reflections on Scripture References
Stanza 1 (“the wind at the beginning upon the waters”) sends us to Genesis 1:2.
Stanza 2 sings of the Breath of God “by whose power the Son came to brith….”, a clear reference to Luke 1:34-35.
Stanza 3 recalls the Breath of God “bearing us to life through baptismal waters” and we are led to reference Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 3:8 and Romans 6:3-4.
When the Refrain sings of the Spirit who pours out “gifts abundant”, we recall Paul’s words particularly in I Corinthians 12:1-11.
Confessions and Statements of Faith References
Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References
This beautiful prayer for the Holy Spirit to come and pour out his gifts has three foci: creation, the Son, and through baptismal waters.
In stanza 1 the Spirit brings creation to birth, a prayer that is supported by Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 8, where the Spirit also was involved in calling “this world into being out of nothing and giving it shape and order.”
In stanza 2, the Spirit brings the Son to birth among us, a prayer that is supported by Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14, Question and Answer 35, which testifies that the conception and birth of Jesus Christ happened “through the working of the Holy Spirit.”
And in stanza 3, the Spirit’s work is seen in “bearing us to life through baptismal waters,” a prayer that also appears in Belgic Confession, Article 34 when it teaches that just as water washes away the dirt of the body, “so too the blood of Christ does the same thing internally, in the soul, by the Holy Spirit.”