God’s Shaping Breath

Wednesday, May 8

5.8By Carolyn Brock of Redmond, Oregon, USA

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

—John 20:22

Like many of you, I have watched a glassblower gather hot liquid onto a pipe and blow air inside to shape it into a vase, an ornament, or a bowl. The glass artist works with the piece, dips it, using tools to mold, twist, and refine the substance into elegant, functional forms. But the initial shape, the body of the piece, comes from those first expanding breaths. We wait in expectation to see what the glassblower will create with the power of his breath, the tools in her hands.

God breathes on us and in us. What shape does God intend as we are formed by divine breath? Jesus breathed on his disciples so they might share his presence and proclaim the gospel. God breathed into us so we might become living beings, expressions of God’s life, love, and purpose. Just as the glassblower creates beauty and functionality, we are to express God’s beauty and functions.

God’s justice shapes things into forms that bring peace, joy, and life to the global family. Is God working with us, forming us, breathing into us a new identity, a new beauty and functionality, new expressions of divine justice and mercy? Will we choose to become a new creation?

Prayer for Peace
Breathe on us, O God. Continually reshape us into Christ’s disciples. May we be vessels filled with your presence. May we share this fullness with our global family as we share the peace of Christ.

Spiritual Practice: Breathing God’s Compassion
Light a candle and sit quietly, reflecting on the fire and light of God. Pay attention to your breathing and let it become calmer and deeper as you focus on God’s presence. Ask God to breathe in you. Visualize each breath carrying the light of God into your lungs, bloodstream, and every cell in your body until you are filled with God’s Spirit. Now envision breathing out God’s compassion and grace each time you exhale. Pray to have the Spirit of Christ radiate from your life like the gentle flame of a candle.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will accept the shaping of your breath and become an expression of your love.

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