May 29, 2017

Holding My Life

By: Kate Underwood [Dekalb, IL]

Breathing should be the most natural thing in the world. In and out—it is effortless and continuous.

Yet the act of breathing can sometimes be difficult. When I am waiting for news about a loved one who is ill and I fear the worst, I find myself holding my breath. When I am worried that I have done something irreparable or unforgivable, breathing feels impossible. The weight of my troubles are overwhelming, and I don’t think I can endure.

In his hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of every human being.
Job 12:10 (NRSV)

Breathing is a gift from God. However many days, months, or years we live, God alone gives us breath. God is our life.

When I am scared or anxious and don’t know what else to do, sometimes I simply need to breathe, to pause and take a break. Even when I am so upset that prayer eludes me, I can breathe deeply and focus on God.

Job 12:10 offers us a reminder of whose we are. Even Job, who suffered more than I can imagine, found comfort. Knowing that God was holding his life and his breath in God’s hand gave him peace.

PRAYER: Thank you, God, for giving us breath. Teach us to breathe in your grace throughout the good days and the difficult ones. Amen.


Take time to listen to your breath today. Pay attention as you inhale and exhale, and experience the mystery of YHWH.


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