I can’t make it by myself. United with Christ, I am given divine love and power. None of us can make it by ourselves. But, just as air is readily available for its life-giving support, so God’s love is abundantly given to us. We can receive the gifts of God and let go of our own efforts. It’s as simple as breathing—inhaling and exhaling.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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God’s spirit made me;
the Almighty’s breath enlivens me.
—Job 33:4 (CEB)
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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