Spiritual Tools

Practice: Breathe in God’s Light

by Beth Richardson on February 26, 2015 · 7 comments

Breathe in God's Light

by Flora Slosson Wuellner

Rest your body peacefully or take a quiet walk. After a few slow, full breaths, breathe gently, thinking of the river of life flowing through your whole body. . . . Let your weight rest on the ground beneath you . . . rest more completely on God’s everlasting arms, infinitely stronger than the ground. . . .

This is the strength, the light that will never fail. These are your new sun and moon, which never go out. . . . It may be enough for now just to lean on this power, breathe in this eternal light. . . .

But if you feel ready, let your memory go to a time when you felt your earthly lights go out . . . a time when the ground shook under you. You are looking at this time from within Christ’s protection. You are safe. What steadied you at that time? What help came to you? What guided you, strengthened you, gave you hope? . . . Reflect on this. . . . Did God come to you through a special person? several persons? a community? a certain book? music? art? a garden? nature itself? special creative work? a powerful purpose? an inner place of strong peace? . . . These are ways by which God touched you and brought you forth.

Do you sense a change in yourself since then? a newness? What has changed within you? . . .

When ready, reflect on any present difficulty: a problem to solve . . . a hurt that needs healing . . . anger . . . anxiety . . . sorrow . . . illness . . . a pending change.

Christ is with you in “power and great glory” (Matt. 24:30). . . . A newness is offered . . . a clearer air to breathe . . . a deeper insight . . . a profounder healing . . . an ending . . . a beginning.

A new sun and moon to walk by. A resurrection now . . . a mystery opening. . . .

Breathe in the promise. Sense your body filling with peace. . . . When ready, return slowly from your meditation, gently massaging your hands and face. . . . Stretch, then move into your daily life.

Credit: From Beyond Death: What Jesus Revealed about Eternal Life by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2014 by the author. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. Purchase a copy of this issue on “Brokenness” by calling 1.800.972.0433. Or download the digital issue today.

Photo Credit: ©iStock/Mel McKay.

Lenten Prayers 2015

Thumbnail image for Lenten Prayers 2015

Lent is a season of the Christian Year where we focus on simple living, prayer, and fasting in order to grow closer to God. (Learn more about Lent in the article, Lent 101.) Join us on this prayerful forty-day journey toward the empty tomb with these prayers by Robert P. Fugarino: Prayer for Ash Wednesday […]

January 23, 2015 4 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →

Loving Our Child-Selves

Thumbnail image for Loving Our Child-Selves

by Elise Erikson Barrett PART 1: Loving Self As we grow from infants to adults, all of us internalize messages. Some of these messages are life-giving or useful. Some of them are deeply damaging. Most of them are invisible to us. They become part of the internal structure that shapes our external personality. Think about […]

December 28, 2014 8 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →

Advent Prayers 2014

Thumbnail image for Advent Prayers 2014

by Beth A. Richardson Join us as we travel through Advent, the season during which we prepare our hearts for Christmas. Pray these prayers on your own or with your faith community beginning the first Sunday of Advent, November 30. Join us in these praying these prayers as we actively await the coming Christ: First […]

November 3, 2014 4 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →

Spiritual Practice: Fasting and Freedom

Thumbnail image for Spiritual Practice: Fasting and Freedom

By Lynne M. Baab A group of high school students decides to spend a weekend without any electronic devices. One of them discovers birds singing in her backyard, and another enjoys playing board games with his sisters. They experience a glimpse of unexpected freedom as they fast from iPods, tablets, laptops, and cellphones. Christians have been fasting for centuries as […]

October 30, 2014 7 comments CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE →