As we battle this respiratory virus, I’m thinking of a woman who was struggling with a walker and a large oxygen tank. It was obvious what her physical needs were, but when I asked if I could pray for her, I felt strongly to just have her sit, and to bless her quietly with love, joy, and peace, for about five minutes.

Afterward, she said she’d been suffering from COPD. But she said it with a smile on her face. Not only was this was the first time in months she was able to breathe freely, but that while I was praying for her, the oxygen tank ran out.

The difficulties are real. But before letting them redefine who you are, step back. Take a deep breath, and listen for God’s voice. Breathe in all he’s saying he is for you in this moment. Breathe in who he says you really are. Breathe in how he sees all that’s going on. Breathe in his faithfulness toward you. Breathe in the hope he’s empowering you with. Breathe in his love, joy, and peace, and then breathe them out.

“I will put breath in you, and you will come alive, and know I am the Lord” (Ezekiel 37:6b).


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