|Mar 31, 2017||Hospitable|
|Mar 30, 2017||A Blessing for All|
|Mar 29, 2017||Lazily Efficient|
|Mar 27, 2017||Reverend Howard Oliver Hough, 1926|
|Mar 26, 2017||Tell Somebody|
|Mar 25, 2017||Tree of Great Peace|
|Mar 24, 2017||Where was God?|
|Mar 23, 2017||Faith Fits|
|Mar 22, 2017||Mystery Mechanics|
|Mar 21, 2017||In Antakya|
|Mar 20, 2017||A Pleasant Illusion|
|Mar 19, 2017||Blessings from Curses|
|Mar 18, 2017||Green Eggs|
|Mar 17, 2017||Wint'a in DC, Summ'a in Montpeli'a|
|Mar 15, 2017||Dear Universe|
|Mar 14, 2017||Knocking on Heaven's Door|
|Mar 13, 2017||Durable Engine, Worn Out Body|
|Mar 12, 2017||Hot Stuff|
|Mar 11, 2017||Pavers|
|Mar 10, 2017||Breath of Life|
|Mar 9, 2017||Thwarts and All|
|Mar 8, 2017||Blackberry Pie|
|Mar 7, 2017||Intentional Misdirection|
|Mar 6, 2017||Inside Outside|
|Mar 5, 2017||Untangled|
|Mar 4, 2017||Hope Adorns Our Way|
|Mar 3, 2017||Words|
|Mar 2, 2017||A Visit to Heaven and Hell|
|Mar 1, 2017||Jesus Wisdom Teacher|
Title: Breath of Life
Date: March 10, 2017
Summer camp had been in session for weeks when the lately hired counselor arrived to finish out the season. On his way to his room to drop off his luggage, Tom saw another counselor swinging a boy around by his ankles. The camper slipped from the counselor’s hands and struck his head on the ground. He lay still. Tom dashed to help. The camper wasn’t breathing.
“Get the headmaster! Bring the station wagon!” Tom ordered as he palpated the camper and checked his pulse. Detecting a heartbeat, but no breathing and no indications of a spinal injury, Tom began mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. The headmaster arrived with the car. The back seat was folded down and the boy was carefully lifted in. Tom climbed in and continued the resuscitation. Tom checked the wrist pulse. Nothing. He checked the cardiac artery. Nothing. Tom said, “There’s no heartbeat. I’m beginning CPR.” He worked on the boy for half an hour. As they rounded the corner into the hospital parking lot, the boy vomited, thus indicating a beating heart and breathing body. Tom had breathed life into that boy.
Take a deep breath. The air we breathe keeps us alive. We share this air. It is all around us, inside, between us, and necessary for life.
Like air, God is all around us, inside us, and between us. God’s breath gives all of us life. We share this life in common — this breath — in common. Let each breath be a prayer of thanks for life.
Let’s Pray: Dear God, be our breath of life. Inspire us this day. Amen.
Here’s a Thought: God’s breath gives me life.
[Job 33:4 ~ “The Spirit of God has made me; the breath of the Almighty gives me life.” (NIV)]