Today’s Word: ‘breathe’ as in… breathe in, breathe out. Again. Again. We’ve done this before, right? Let’s do it again with gratitude. It’s always good to keep breathing. Just sayin’.
We’ve come to the Seventh Day of Christmas! It’s also New Year’s Eve! And not just any New Year’s Eve. It’s a rather remarkable moment of “in-between!” We are in between two times: the (chronos) time that was 2019 and the (kairos) time that is yet to come in 2020.
During these past few days I’ve enjoyed so many conversations with friends and family about the in-between-ness of these particular days; the end of one decade and the beginning of another. I was thinking about how observing New Year’s Eve is like letting our breath out. An exhalation—a breathing out of what was. Let it all out, let it go, thankful for what has been. And then a pause. And-Then-A-Pause. Then on New Year’s Day, a breathing in! An inhalation—a breathing in of what will be! Ready to embrace all that is to come!
However, it’s in that one split second in between that inhale and that exhale when we consider where our breath comes from and where it goes.
And the gift, of course, is knowing from Whom it comes! Air, wind, breeze, breath, holy, spirit, Holy Spirit, breathing!
I’ve also been dwelling in John’s sweet poetry from the first chapter of his Gospel:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. And the Word became flesh and lived (and breathed) among us, and we have seen his glory…”
We get to breathe that in and let it fill us completely! And this, of course, raises some questions. Are you in between? How would you describe the “in-between-ness” of your life right now? What are you content to let go? What are you looking forward to embracing?
Today, on this Seventh Day of Christmas, we breathe in the Word who has been breathing in us since the beginning!
Okay everyone, big breath in! Big breath out!