Offered by Rev. Kate Galop
New England Conference of the UMC
Scripture: Genesis 2:7 and John 20:21-22
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the
breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.”
“Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I
am sending you.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”.
I have often heard how you appreciate that we breathe in and breathe out before
our worship service begins. It settles you and gives you a sense of peace. Now just
think about our breath for a moment. Along with food and water, it is our breath
that keeps us alive. This fact has been brought home even more during this
coronavirus when many people have needed a ventilator to keep them breathing.
And, as Christians, we need God’s breath in us to keep us spiritually alive. Re-read
the two verses above, and imagine God breathing on you. Filling you with life,
giving you peace, and putting God’s own Spirit within you. Then, breathe in and
imagine inhaling God, and breathe out, and imagine exhaling the impurities that
seek to taint your heart, your attitude, your strength, your joy. A hymn I often use
as one of my prayers is “Breathe on Me, Breath of God.” I encourage you to look it
up and see if you find it as helpful as I do.
Yes, breathe on me, breath of God. That I may know your peace and strength and
joy. And, as Jesus sent the disciples, so may you send me to bring patience,
comfort, humor and hope to those who need it most this day. In the name of Jesus
Christ, I pray. Amen.