[CF Devotionals] 2019-07-03 - The Breath of Life

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Never had I become more aware of how I take my breath of life for granted, as I was when my mother lost her battle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease some twenty-three years ago. The ailment’s last course of action before its final exit is stripping away the ability for the body’s nerves to send messages to each muscle - one by one- so they no longer function as they were designed. Mom first lost use in her right pinky finger and lastly her lungs. The lungs and muscular wall under them, called the diaphragm, work together to bring in fresh oxygen to process throughout the body - vital to life as we know it now. We simply inhale and exhale as the complex process of neurological actions move along in a sequence that is autonomic, not requiring us to consciously take any action at all. Imagine if we had to remember to breathe? According to blog.epa.gov, the average person takes anywhere between 17,280 and 23,040 breaths a day. What a full-time job it would be, to remember all of those! Victims of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (scientific name of Lou Gehrig’s Disease) lastly have their lungs and diaphragm unable to do their job so they are unable to continue to simply inhale and exhale.

I have never thought about breathing the same, since she passed away. I knew I always hated to cry hard, because it inhibited breathing while the nasal passages swelled a bit, but trying to sleep with any congestion sometimes still has me over thinking if I will be able to breathe. Intellectually and spiritually, I am aware of the source of my life and understand his mercy and plan have me here for my intended time. Yet I am more keenly aware of the gift in each breath, as I listen to my husband go from a loud snore to barely making noise, making me wonder if he is okay. I know I cannot hang on to what is rightfully meant to return to the body's and soul's Maker, yet I want to intentionally live the inhaling and exhaling which is meant for me, in a way that that is pleasing to Him. He gave me a certain style from the instant of forming me, and I was reminded, in a peaceful time of prayer last night, how precious it is to me - the breath of life. Praise Him! “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6NIV) And when we take our last breath here, we can then live eternally with God - what could be better? We are never to lose sight of the source of our power and existence - Him.

“The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (Job 33:4)

“as long as I have life within me, the breath of God in my nostrils,” (Job 27:3 NIV)

“In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:10 NIV)

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7 NIV)

  1. “… he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.   In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
  2. This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,   who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,   who gives breath to its people,   and life to those who walk on it:
  3. “I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;   I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you   to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles,” (Isaiah 42:4-6 NIV)

“Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.” (Luke 23:46 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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