Reflections by the Sea: Wind

Published 6:19 am Wednesday, March 10, 2021

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By Betsy Ore Glass

You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again’. The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. John 3:7-8

I love an ocean breeze. When the wind blows through an open window at the beach it brings with it peace and tranquility, its freshness and fragrance filling the air. Older generations claim that a strong wind blowing salt air off the ocean is the best sleep elixir there is. Sometimes the seasons change so dramatically that in our home we go from heat to air-conditioning. But more times than not, it is a joy to throw open the windows on the first warm day of spring to cleanse and refresh after being closed up during winter. I visualize that the breeze is chasing out the germs and pollutants that have taken up residence with us during the cold months. It takes out the old and brings in the new. A renewal.

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When Jesus left this earth in his fleshly body, he left behind the Holy Spirit to live in each of us. We can call on him to bring about change in our lives, to strengthen our faith and to sustain us in difficult times. The Holy Spirit is sometimes called the Comforter. When doubt and fear or anything else that is not of God needs to be chased out of our lives, we can call on the Holy Spirit to do the job. By cleansing and refreshing us, we are more able to do God’s work. The work of the Holy Spirit can give us a change of heart, attitude and mind. Envision that the Holy Spirit is immersing us daily with love in the same way that a salty ocean breeze refreshes us on a windy day by the shore. Just receive!

Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at or read additional Reflections at



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