I AM HUMAN and make mistakes often, but I have been given a gift that grounds me and humbles me every day: peace. This gift allows me to value and honor my body, including its imperfections. This gift also creates in me longing to listen for God with each breath I take and to invite you to do the same.
In scripture, as with my story, the word peace is often considered a gift. It is interpreted with various meanings including “wholeness” and “well-being.” Choose to explore God’s gift of peace today. A crisis is not required to learn how to listen for God’s activity in and around you, to use your breath and body, and to recognize God’s Spirit dwelling in you.
—Whitney R. Simpson
Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit
From page 17 of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit by Whitney R. Simpson. Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.
Can you spare 2 minutes? Pause; feel your lungs rise and fall with each breath. Use the words from this week’s prayer to help you focus. Repeat this for a full two minutes. When your mind strays, simply and calmly refocus on your breath. After the two minutes, pay attention to how this felt. Was it difficult? Is this exercise something that would enhance your time with God each day? Share your thoughts.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:7, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Exhale: Give me peace.
(A “breath prayer” from author Whitney Simpson). Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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