Spirita Spiro Ministries

cropped-spirita-spiro-ministries.pngHi Friends, I hope you are having a great day.

My wife said something earlier today that I might want to say something about the name change for this blog. She is such a smart lady. So, here is the explanation.

As most of you know by now, as of today, I am officially no longer in full-time ministry. I will still preach part-time, as a pulpit-supply pastor but, my primary focus will be teaching government, economics, psychology (fall semester), and sociology (spring semester) to high school seniors.

Since pulpit ministry is no longer my primary focus and the two things I will most often do will be spiritual direction and formation, this blog, prayer ropes, and I am hoping to do an online live Bible study, I felt like I needed a different name an umbrella for my spiritual activities.

As I began thinking about what I might want to call this new ministry, my mind kept going to Ezekiel’s story of The Valley of Dry Bones. Ever since learning of it in seminary I have had a fascination with the Hebrew word ruach. The word means  “wind,” “breath,” or “spirit.” Ruach is sometimes even used to mean “soul.”

We don’t have an exact English word that is a literal translation for ruach. That is not an uncommon problem in translating something from one language to another. The word has a richer meaning than any English word we might use in translation.

The webpage “gotquestions.org” gives one of the best short answer meanings I have come across. Consider this:

“God’s Ruach is the source of life. The Ruach of God is the One who gives life to all creation. We could say that God’s Ruach has created every other (non-divine) ruach that exists. All living creatures owe the breath of life to the Creative Spirit of God.” (https://www.gotquestions.org/meaning-ruach.html)

After thinking on this for a while, I came up with the words, “Spirit’s Breath,” but I also wanted something that would show the close relationship both words have to “ruach.” So, I was playing around with Google Translate a few days ago. I had it translate “Spirit’s Breath” into every language Google has on that page. I finally landed on Esperanto (I find this language intriguing and may write a post on it at some point in the future). Esperanto translates “Spirit’s Breath” as “Spirita Spiro.” Those two words are close enough, at least to me, to convey the meaning of Ruach.

So, there you have it, Spirita Spiro, Spirit’s Breath.

Have a Blessed Day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved



Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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