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Pastor Thom Bryant

Connecting - July 2020


Every Breath You Take

Breathe in.
Breathe out.

Take a pause in-between.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.

It seems so simple and silly to take the time to realize your own breathing. Maybe it is because we do it automatically, unconsciously, and constantly. Unless we have a respiratory issue, have physically exerted ourselves, are in a state of excitement or nervousness, or are submerging ourselves in water, we rarely pay attention to the breaths pumping oxygen in and expelling carbon dioxide out of our bodies. Almost every second of every minute of every hour of every day of every week of every year of our precious lives.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.

What if I were to tell you that each and every one of those breaths has the opportunity to be a prayer? Not a structured liturgy or some chant for prosperity, but a deep and unique individual communication with the Creator of the entire universe. Wouldn't that be nice? To know that you can just tap right into all of that power and grace at any moment and any time? You can and do.

Reread the above reasons you notice your breathing.

Are you back? Notice anything? Those are all moments of real or perceived stress or duress. Those are the moments your body forces you to pay attention to it. We all know it is the first thing we need to attempt to gain control of in those situations as well. Whether it is our own breathing before taking a swim or offering comfort to a panicked loved one... getting some control of breathing is a necessity.

Scripture tells us over and over that God's Spirit is the air that we breathe. We depend on it for everything, each and every moment of every day. Whether we recognize it or not. It surrounds us; fueling our bodies, hearts, minds, and souls. We automatically attempt to take in as much of it as quickly as we can in those moment of intense need.

Breathe in.
Breathe out.

No matter what may come that may make you pay attention to your breathing, I pray that those are calm moments of thanksgiving and gratitude.
I pray that you feel the freedom of the Spirit fill your lungs and soul as you inhale deeply.
I pray that you feel all the angst, nervousness, irritation, heartache, pain, and worry flee from those places as you exhale.
I pray that you see clarity and calm as peace rolls in and chaos floods out.
I pray that we keep praying and working for the day when we are all breathing that love in and breathing that love out. Automatically, unconsciously, and constantly.

The more we begin paying attention now, the more natural and automatic it will be when it matters most. Sooooo... will you pray with me?