“Then Jesus breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’”
John 20:22 (Contemporary English Version)
A Word of Hope
Today I am going to breathe. Not just the routine, autonomic breathing that my brain stem manages for me whether I am thinking about it or not. I’m going to consciously pause to take a deep, cleansing breath, let it out and then do it again. In breathing, I am reminded of several things:Air is precious, and through it I am connected to most every living being on the planet.
· To breathe is to participate in being human, and I am reminded of my connection to Jesus and his own humanity and divinity.
· The Spirit of God –the Divine presence or Holy Spirit—is as close as the air around me.
Today I have more things on my “to-do” list than I have hours today to do them, but I am going to pause and consciously breathe. In doing so, I am claiming both my humanity and my divinity and opening myself to the calming focus of God’s Spirit at work in me.
Today I am going to breathe. When I exhale, I am letting go of anxiety and turmoil that disquiets my mind and distracts my clarity. As I breathe out, I release worry, doubt and fear and leave room for the Divine Spirit to do good works through me.
Today I am going to breathe and realize what a precious, holy gift my breath is!
Holy God, whose grace sustains me like the air that surrounds me, remind me today of the precious gift of life and breath. Enter into my life and do something special through me this day. Amen.
Dr. Gary G. Kindley