Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Without Ceasing...

There is a certain rhythm to life…the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs…the peaks of desire and the valleys of depression. Regardless of age or circumstance, we all know what this rhythm feels like. We are shaped by it. We are formed by it. Whether we like it or not, life is rhythmic with both pleasure and pain.

Beyond the circumstances of life, there is something else that provides us with a constant and continuous rhythm: the simple act of breathing. Without breath, we couldn’t live, or move, or have our being. Without breath, we wouldn’t be able to shout about our triumphs or sorrow about our sadness. Without breath…without the life-giving rhythm of inhaling and exhaling, we simply couldn’t live.

And yet, we must go further, and understand that there is something more which grants a similar type of life-giving rhythm: the simple act of prayer. In a way, you might consider prayer a type of breath for the soul…an act that defines us, gives us life, connects us to God in such a way that each time we pray, we are created and recreated. We are literally made more alive by our prayers. Like breathing, without prayer we would be cut off from the very thing that makes us live. Today, as you live your life which is certainly busy and filled with activity, be more intentional to pause, and with every breath, pray this simple prayer: ‘Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.’ In this way, devote yourself to prayer, and you will be renewed in every moment.

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