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What Does the Spirit Sound Like?

What Does the Spirit Sound Like?

What does the Spirit sound like?


The wind rushing through the leaves.

The birds chirping and searching for cover.

The pitter patter of rain landing on the ground.

The morning darkness giving way to nourishment for the gardens and crops.

The Spirit making its presence known.


What does the Spirit sound like?


Children’s voices waking up with shouts and cheers.

A baby’s soft cries greeting the day.

A toddler yelling, “Mama and daddy!”

Siblings laughing and smiling with one another.

The Spirit making its presence known.


What does the Spirit sound like?

The piping of organ music.

The ringing of bells calling us to worship.

The greeting of friends, “You are welcome here.”

The greeting of the pastor, “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.”

The questions and squirming of children and babies.

The hunger cries and ready-for-a-nap tears of newborns.

The Spirit making its presence known.


What does the Spirit sound like?


The reading of God’s word.

The singing of music.

The offering of prayers.

The sharing of peace.

The receiving of bread and wine.

The forgiveness of sins.

The blessing of going into the world.

The voices of children in song.


The Spirit making its presence known.


Come, Holy Spirit, Come.


Kimberly Knowle-Zeller is an ordained ELCA pastor, mother of two, and spouse of an ELCA pastor. She lives with her family in Cole Camp, MO. You can read more at her website: or follow her work on Facebook:



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