Sunday, November 29, 2009

Breath of Life

I have four cookie sheets full of pigs-in-blanket ready to go into the oven. We take turns each Sunday morning fixing a small breakfast for our kids who ride in on the vans. This week belongs to a couple in the church who use breakfast sausage instead of the little smokies and make a good sized PiB.

This Sunday, though, they will be at the hospital with their son who is in ICU. He is able now to breath on his own, but having Mom there is a comfort. His situation brought home to us how we take for granted breathing.

Unless afflicted with a pulmonary disorder, we seldom think about breathing. It’s natural. We don’t count how often it happens each moment, each day, each lifetime. But when we cannot breath, it is terrifying.

The Bible tells us it is God given:

And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7 KJV)

Job knew this:

In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind. (Job 12:10 KJV)

The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life. (Job 33:4 KJV)

Luke, too, acknowledged God’s creation as he documented Paul’s sermon:

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; (Acts 17:24-25 KJV)

So, this morning as the fragrance of baking fills my kitchen, as the children reach in for one of the tasty treats, as a mother watches over her son, we’ll give thanks for all of that and more. We’ll thank God for every breath He has in store for us, for the nourishment He provides, for the healing and comfort He brings to our lives.

Most of all, we are grateful each day. Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (2 Corinthians 9:15 KJV)

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