October / November 2023

Yellow Sails

By Adele Seitzinger

As I was thinking about this issue’s theme, I heard in my mind the words of the hymn, “Breathe on Me, Breath of God”. In the description of the hymn, it is said, “In both Hebrew and Greek, the word for ‘spirit’ is the same as ‘wind/air/breath’; thus, in this text the Spirit of God is referred to as ‘Breath of God.’”

1. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love what Thou dost love,
And do what Thou wouldst do.

2. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with Thee I will one will,
To do and to endure.

3. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
Till I am wholly Thine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine.

4. Breathe on me, Breath of God,
So shall I never die,
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity.

Just as a sailboat needs the wind to get to its destination, so we need the Spirit within us to enable us to get to our eternal destination, as verse 4 implies.  Until we get there, may we each look to and listen for the Spirit to breathe on us, and may we do all we can to support our sisters in Christ on their journeys.

“Yellow Sails” is a suncatcher or ornament that is 4” in diameter, on Habotai silk stretched on a metal hoop, hand painted with silver gutta and silk dyes.

About the Artist

Adele Seitzinger is a lifelong artist and art teacher in rural Tennessee, focusing on fiber arts and watercolors. She enjoys her seven grandchildren. Do you want to see pictures? I have just a few….