Dear Friends October is upon us and as I write the winds are getting stronger and the weather seems to be changing. This has caused me to reflect on the wind and the power of the wind. The winds seem to come from all directions. We read in 1 Corinthians 15 v55 to “Stand strong. Do not let anything move you.” Wind can be alarming and mysterious. We sometimes hear of it howling but what is wind and what makes it blow? In a nutshell it is simply moving air. Winds change in many directions and changing winds bring in the change of seasons and temperatures. The wind seems to be part of the rhythm of life. As human beings we are often told we change with the wind. Indeed we know that physically wind can “wind us up “ Children are much more active when it is windy. As Christians the wind has an extra special quality in that we refer to the Holy Spirit as wind and the breath of life. The Holy Spirit wind represents life that energises and excites that breathes God’s peace and also challenges us out of comfort zones into new adventures. So the Holy Spirt can change us and move us and as a familiar song says carry us on its wings. God wants us to stand strong for what we believe, stand up for what is right and stand up for God and make that a thread in our being and doing as we live out what we are called to do. To recognise that God is the wind beneath our wings and sing that out. So this Autumn and Harvest time may we reflect on the goodness of God and the air that moves us for we need to stand strong in changing times. May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and may God hold you in the palm of His hand.