Explore your breath as a form of prayer today. Connect with the breath in your body by finding a comfortable posture (seated or reclined) and take full, deep breaths filling your diaphragm, then exhale completely. Place one hand on your heart and your other hand on your belly.
As you breathe in, expand your belly and say to yourself: Creator
As you breathe out, deflate your belly and say to yourself: give me hope
Repeat this prayer for five to ten minutes.
—Whitney R. Simpson, Fully Human, Fully Divine: An Advent Devotional for the Whole Self (Upper Room Books, 2022)
How does your body feel after you pray a breath prayer for several minutes? Join the conversation.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
—Psalm 150:6 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, thank you for creating my whole self. Help me
to continue to slow down and hope, be mindful and present,
and use my body to draw closer to you on the journey this
Advent. Make me a wise one who seeks you always. Amen.
Prayer by Whitney R. Simpson
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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