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October 22, 2020

“You have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight. Surely everyone stands as a mere breath.” Psalm 39:5

Take a deep breath. Now let it out. That few fleeting seconds is how long this life lasts in comparison to the eternity that is God. And if not for God, that’s all there would be. We work and learn and grow; we struggle and worry and mourn. And it is all exhaled into the vastness of creation. Like our breath, it dissipates and disappears.

Take a breath. Now let it out. God has designed us not simply to breathe in oxygen, to breathe out carbon dioxide. God fills us with the breath of life. We are resurrected vessels of the Holy Spirit. God, as Paul writes to Timothy, has abolished death and brought life and immortality to life (2 Timothy 1:10). Although we are insignificant in the vastness of creation, we are of immeasurable worth to its Creator. So much so that the Son took on our flesh, our lungs; he breathed his last and encompassed our death. For three days creation held its breath. Now, out of the empty tomb rushes the fresh air of new life.

If you’re anything like me, you awoke this morning seeing the new day with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. Breathe in. Let in out. The Spirit of the Lord fills your lungs and your life, catching you up into the forever of God’s love and purpose. Take a deep breath.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Holy Spirit, your power and grace fill my lungs. Help me to exhale mercy and love in all that I do today. Strengthen the weak, calm the anxious, and comfort the mourning with your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Torsten, holding his breath, four minutes ago.

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