Breath Brings Life
Genesis 2: 7 (NRSVA)
7 then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
When my son was born I was in awe of this tiny precious life that I had helped to create. This tiny precious life that had grown inside of me, shared my blood, my food and my breath. This tiny precious life who had shared my joys, my love, my anger and my sorrows. This tiny precious life that had been my inner companion for nine warm months, a part of me…but… who wasn’t me.
I had given life to this tiny precious life. As I held him in my arms I was filled with a love I had never known before. A love that filled every cell of my body. A love that…even though it encompassed my whole being…grew deeper and stronger every day.
And I never tired of gazing on this tiny precious life. I’d watch him sleep, watching him breathe, in and out, in and out, checking that tiny precious life was safe.
19 years later I still gaze in awe at this precious life, no longer mine but his own man. I only hope that I have breathed enough life, dreams and hope into him over the years that he thrives…that he is happy… and has a life full of love.
You formed us from the dust and you breathed life into our bodies.
Sometimes though we forget that we are a part of you, your creation.
As we inhale, breathe your life Father into our lives today
As we inhale, breathe your love Father into our hearts
Fill us Father, so that as we exhale we breathe your life onto everyone we encounter,
So, we exhale your love out to the world.
Lent Legacy 2021 Action
The Transforming Breath: Each morning this week spend 5 minutes mindful of your breath, perhaps breathing slowly in and out. As you do consider the day ahead and think of all the places and situations your breath is going to take you today. You may wish to say a short prayer offering the upcoming day to God.