Driving somewhere, a song played on the radio, the artist had one of those enticing voices that was captivating and words of the refrain… “And Breathe, Just Breathe, Oh Breathe…Just Breathe” made me even interested. So after a bit of searching, I discovered that the artist’s name is Anna Nalick and the song is entitled Breathe (2AM).   In reading about the song and her, someone described this song as “an introspective yet confessional tale about learning to handle everyday challenges — and remembering to take time to breathe.”

So let me invite you to Breathe, Just Breathe.

As we journey in this weird in-between time and uncertain path  sometimes breathing is all we can do but breathing helps us to self-regulate and that’s important because it promotes executive brain  functioning while stymie’s over-reactivity.  The longer the health crisis continues the more tense things will become. So remember to Breathe, Just Breathe. When you become worried or afraid – Breathe, Just Breathe.  When you become impatient or angry – Breathe, Just Breathe.

(If you want to learn more about “diaphragmatic breathing” or “belly breathing” there is an app called Breathe2Relax)

Also we gather each Sunday for virtual worship, in the service we include a couple of hymns. It might seem a bit odd to sit in front of your screen and sing “Immortal, Invisible God only Wise…” but the crazy thing is that singing together has calming effects on the heart — especially when sung in unison.  (For more information see the article “Music structure determines heart rate variability of singers” The link is https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00334/full   “When you sing the phrases, it is a form of guided breathing,” says musicologist Bjorn Vickhoff .  When we sing together we breathe together and when we breathe together our hearts beat as one.  For we are one in the Spirit and one in the Lord…. “And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love Yeah they’ll know we are Christians by our love”

 

Scripture Reading: Ezekiel 37:1-6

 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath[a] to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath[b] in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

 

Reflection Questions:

How is the Spirit of the Lord leading you?

What practice or discipline is feeling a bit dry for you these days?

How are you reflecting Christ in your life?

 

Prayer: Holy God, as the totals of sickness increases and helpless seems closer and closer breathe into us your Spirit and set us on a path of faithfulness. You promise life and so cover us in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Let love, which binds us together in perfect harmony rule in our hearts. Amen.