"The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being."
That's how intimately we are related to God--God's very breath is in our own bodies. There is a lovely song on Christian radio now called "Great Are You Lord," and the chorus says,
"It's your breath in our lungs, so we pour out our praise, we pour out our praise to you..."
("Great Are You Lord," by All Sons and Daughters)
God breathes life into humanity constantly, even now as we seem to be breathing on our own. Imagine how wonderful if, throughout our winter Wednesday, we stop, take a few deep breaths and think of God breathing new life into us, right then. We can breathe in the very breath of God! Imagine how comforting that could be if we are feeling anxious or angry, frustrated or full of ourselves. Let's rely on God's very breath filling up our lungs today and then imagine doing the impossible. Fr. Mike St. Marie told us one time, long ago, that Grace is our very next breath. Certainly, 'tis, since it's the very breath of God! Love, heidi