God our Creator gives “breath to the people” on earth and “spirit to those who walk” this earth (Isa. 42:5). You need to breathe for physical life. And you need a similar rhythm for spiritual life. An exercise of receiving and letting go brings you into communion with our Maker. You receive the love of God and let go of the false self, entering a transforming awareness of the One who gives life, who loves you and dwells in you.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
—Psalm 33:6 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Pause to breathe deeply. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Hold that breath briefly. Then release the air you are holding, ridding yourself of the old and making space for the new. And as you breathe, rejoice in the gift of life. Let the rise and fall of your lungs be a celebration of the amazing gift of being alive!
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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