A Prayer During Lent : “Remembering to Breathe”

“Holy God,

I humbly ask for the healing power of your grace to help me breathe instead of holding my breath.  Allow me to release the fear that takes my breath away and replace it with faith in your protection and guidance as I work through this most challenging passage.  Give me the confidence I need in order to breathe deeply and be fully present and available to life at this moment, rather than braced against it, for fear of being harmed, rejected, or out of control.  I thank you in advance, with my whole heart and soul, for answering my prayer, and I confidently await my inner room to breathe.

Amen and with infinite gratitude.”

-Sonia Choquette

 

This is a prayer that I need to hear.  Too often when I am overextending myself or am stressed by the demands on my time, I find myself either physically or figuratively “holding my breath.”  It is amazing how taking a deep breath can calm our body and relax our mind.

Throughout scripture, God’s Holy Spirit is described as breath.  God breathes life into humanity at creation (Genesis 2:7) and the resurrected Jesus breathes on the disciples and commissions them for ministry (John 20:22).  These passages remind us that it is truly God’s breath in our lungs. Like refusing to inhale, forgetting to allow God’s Spirit into our lives is a short sighted decision that only serves to deny us peace.  I hope that this prayer invites you to take a deep breath and find yourself filled up with God’s Spirit, even amid these times that would seek to leave us breathless.

 

In Christ’s peace,

Pastor Cade

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