Context: This prayer happened as soon as I woke and began to pray this morning. I was silently repeating God’s personal name, YAHWEH, breathing in on the first syllable, and out on the second. YAH is feminine, whilst WEH is masculine, so I love how both are combined in this truly astonishing name (see reference below). The prayer begins with an in-breath.
God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh – ‘the LORD.'”
(Exodus 6:2; NLT).
You are the God who gives breath to all creatures.
(Numbers 16:22; NLT).
YAH: breathe in, and WEH: breathe out:
With every breath, beyond all doubt,
I breathe you in, and breathe you out –
I live in you, and you in me:
Creator, for eternity,
The One who comes to set me free –
For I am yours, and you are mine:
You, my temple; I, your shrine;
Together, far beyond all time –
We live in love, unseen, yet true:
The God who comes to make me new,
Who breathes and sighs within, for you
I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
(Song of Songs 6:3; NIV).
We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
(1 John 4:16; NIV).
Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true.
(John 3:33; NLT).
“The personal name of God, Yahweh, which is revealed to Moses in Exodus 3, is a remarkable combination of both female and male grammatical endings. The first part of God’s name in Hebrew, “Yah,” is feminine, and the last part, “weh,” is masculine.”
These words are quoted from an article by David Wheeler-Reed, who is Visiting Assistant Professor at Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut. His article is well worth reading, and is available free of charge online at The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/what-the-early-church-thought-about-gods-gender-100077#. I am very grateful for being able to include his words here today.