There is space for the love of God to fill me when I open up. I can love when I provide space for divine love to fill me. Instead of closing down, I open up to the presence of the One who loves me and everyone else. Empty lungs want air. A hungry and thirsty body calls for food and drink. The seeking soul opens to our Maker, Lover, and Indwelling Spirit. The deep longing within wants to be united with the Beloved.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
—1 John 4:16 (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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