Lord God, You gave me the breath of life
A Divine Spark moving within
Dawning awareness that I am Your beloved child
I Breathe deeply.
Immanuel…You are with me
Abiding in me and around me and through me
Surrounding me with extravagant love and mercy
I breathe slowly.
Jesus, You are my Cornerstone
A firm foundation to cling to when worry and fear
Threaten to steal the breath from my body
I breathe in and out.
I am drawn into Your presence, Loving God
Welling up with peace, love, and grace
Until You are ALL in ALL
I breathe in Your Holy Presence.
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“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7)
We all have those days. When nothing seems to go right. When we’re stressed out, or preoccupied, or wound up. We can’t get out of our own way. Our bodies are tense, our shoulders hunched, our faced scrunched into a permanent frown. Like a rubber band stretched so tight we’re about to snap.
We feel as far from “holy” as you can get. And sincere prayer seems impossible in the mood we’re in. The words won’t come and we can’t force it
On these days your prayer can be as simple as breathing. Stop what you’re doing and just breathe. Plant your feet solidly on the ground. Relax your shoulders. If possible, close your eyes. With each breath focus only on the air moving in and out. Fall into a rhythm as you breathe slowly and deeply. Continue reading