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Breath of Life

Tuesday, November 28th
Breath of Life
By: Anna Williams

When baby Jesus drew his first breath upon birth, it was the very same breath of God given at the outset of man’s creation- and he was present during both.

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

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. – John 1:1-4 NIV

Emmanuel, “God with us” is reason alone to worship him but the urgency grows when we consider the great privilege that comes from continually drawing breath ourselves. We are alive because he gave us life. We find meaning in life because of his sacrifice and grace.

I’ve often taken for granted the ability to breathe but in recent weeks the necessity of it has become painstakingly clear to me. My daughter’s autonomic nervous system has been dysfunctional, and she has spells in which she stops breathing. She labors to catch her breath while I silently pray for God to sustain us. Yesterday, during one such spell the following song played on her music playlist: “It’s your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise.”

On the night of Jesus' birth there was a diversity of worshippers - the angels who understood fully who Jesus was and the shepherds who knew very little. Yet his presence commanded and co-mingled their praise into a beautiful symphony.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve known Jesus for 50 years or 5 minutes. When you realize who he is and what he has done, you can’t help but love him back with your worship. 

Take a moment to pour out your praise today to the creator of the breath in your lungs.

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