For several minutes, consider your breathing. …
Inhale and hold your breath until it becomes uncomfortable to do so. Exhale; then inhale the gift that awaits you.
Now return to regular breathing, aware that … The gift of life is given with every breath.
If you feel inclined, pray as you breathe:
• as you inhale, “For breath, wind, spirit.”
• as you exhale, “Thank you.”
—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)
If you have tried breath prayer, repeating a word or phrase as you inhaled and exhaled, how did it make you feel? Join the conversation.
The Spirit of God has made me;
the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
—Job 33:4 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
—Jane J. Young
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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