In January, we bless water in the Church as part of our celebration of the Theophany of the Lord. All of creation was given to us by God to be a blessing for us. We acknowledge those blessings in the many & varied prayer services of the Church. St. John Chrysostom reminds us that the wind is also a blessing from God.
“Truly the winds are also for you–for we are going back again to the beginning of our discourse–to fan worn-out bodies, to purge away the defilement from mud and the heaviness caused by smoke and furnaces and other exhalations,
to attenuate the heat of the sun’s rays, to relieve the stifling heat, to make seeds grow, to strengthen plants, to travel together with you at sea and to be servants of agriculture for you on land–in the first place, conveying ships more swiftly than arrows and making the voyage easy and convenient,
and in the second place, clearing off the threshing floor with you, separating the chaff from the grain, and lightening the hardship of the work–to make the air light and gentle for you, to give you delight in different ways–first whistling pleasantly and gently, and then softly striking the plants and shaking the leaves of the trees–to make your sleep in spring and in summer more pleasant and more delightful than honey.
They also act on the surface of the sea and on the waters of the rivers, and lift up their surface in the same way as with the trees, thus providing you with a great deal of enjoyment from seeing it and, more importantly, also rendering you a great service.
And in fact, the winds are useful to waters in another way: not allowing them to stagnate and go bad, but rather, continually setting them in motion and stirring them up, rendering them fresh and at their best and more suitable as sustenance for creatures that swim in them.”
(On the Providence of God, pp. 65-66)
2 thoughts on “The Blessing of Wind”
Might you have any ideas how God uses a mighty west wind as harbinger?
Don’t know but one thing that comes to mind is that when spring comes, often in March, there are strong winds that remind us that spring is coming.