Messenger Wind by Bruce Cockburn with A New Year’s Meditation

horse sled

A favorite song from Bruce Cockburn is a fitting meditation at the beginning of the new year. Here are a few thought fragments inspired by the song for the new year.  The fragments follow the song order. The final fragment is based on the title of the album.

  • the view from simple horse-drawn life grants higher vision
  • the wintry morning sunrise paints everything with new light
  • the prospect of birth that we don’t feel ready for yet
  • to be part of the celebratory choir of creation
  • to experience the holy spirit wind that refines and forms us
  • being turned from running away from what we should say
  • here and now is more than we have yet known or ever imagined
  • every speck of life is lit with hope
  • I haven’t yet seen everything the God of life is bringing


Messenger Wind

In a horse-powered sleigh at the top of the town
sun coming up paints the snow all around with rose light

In front of the house where I’m supposed to be born
I don’t think I’m ready to walk through that door just yet

To be one more voice in the human choir
rising like smoke from the mystical fire of the heart

The wind that blows through everything
sweeps out the halls of my heart when I sing to you

It carries the moon and the stars and the rain
Carries the seagulls and carries my shame away

Spins me around, stops me running away
from all the things I’ve been waiting to say But don’t

is bigger than you can imagine
is forever

Sun coming up paints the snow all around
Rose on the roofs and the trees and the ground
And the stream
In my dream
Messenger wind swooping out of the sky
Lights each tiny speck in my human kaleidoscope
With hope

Thanks to Bruce Cockburn. Let’s enter the new year knowing that we’ve never seen everything.


Original Content © Bryan M. Christman and Manifest Propensity, 2014. Excerpts, links, and reblogging may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Bryan M. Christman and Manifest Propensity with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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