Advent Devotional-December 8

December 8                                Tuesday                                        Breathe

Breathe. Seems simple enough. Take a big, deep breath. We do it about 18,000 times a day and if you’re anything like me, you don’t think about it at all. Until we feel like we can’t. Sometimes, when we are stressed or hurried or rushing from one obligation to the next, we feel as though even breathing is a difficult task. Part of a yoga practice involves slowing down and focusing on your breath. In yoga, breathing is central to immersing yourself in the present moment. The calm rhythm of your breath centers you and reminds you to simply be present.

In our rushed society, it is more difficult than it might sound to just exist. The mind wanders to the “to do” list- to the wrapping and baking and packing and planning. How do we simply breathe? What does the word “breathe” even mean? The most concrete definition is to draw air into and expel it from the lungs. To inhale and exhale. But the definition I really like is “to pause and rest before continuing.” Like in yoga, breathing gives us a way to rest in a hurried world. This rest is exactly what we need during the hustle (and sometimes even chaos) of preparing for Christmas.

Taking a moment to focus on our breath, to acknowledge the simple and wonderful beauty of being present, brings us closer to God. In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us,”Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” In the flurry of all your holiday activities, take a moment today to find rest in God. Take a moment to just breathe.


Laura Lee

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