Breathe In The Breath of Life: A Lenten Breath Prayer


Post Author: Diane Faries

This Breath Prayer was written for an Ash Wednesday service, but is general enough for any Lenten service.  It goes along with the  Lenten Devotional "Fellowship of Prayer" which was published by Chalice Press and includes many Young Clergy Women among the list of authors from the Bethany Fellows of the Disciples of Christ.


FOP2013_400God of all creation, you formed us from the dust and breathed life into us. Our breath is your breath. Your spirit moves within us and gives us life.

Too often we hold our breath, we are so focused on the immediate. Too often we feel choked by the tasks crying out for our attention.

Remind us, Creator, that we are yours, that every breath comes from you, that you sustain us and nourish us from the same earth which you used to form us, and to which we will one day return.

Remind us, Eternal Spirit, how to breathe. Fill us deeply with your powerful presence, open our mouths to inhale your goodness and your grace.

Remind us, O Redeemer, that you have set us free from everything that separates us from you. As we pause now to pray with each breath, help us to let go.

 

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing your sins to God’s grace

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing the assumptions that blind us to God’s truth

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing the desire to consume things that cannot fill you

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing yourself from the power of false idols

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing the fears that lead you to doubt yourself and God

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, releasing your need for control.

Breathe in the breath of life.

Breathe out, and let go of all that separates you from God. Amen.

 

With the theme of “Letting Go,” the “Fellowship of Prayer” daily devotional from Chalice Press offers reflections by young clergy on how to free ourselves from sin, assumptions, consumption, idolatry, fear, and control. Then, we can truly celebrate Easter with the freedom of Christ’s death and resurrection. Print copies are sold out, but the e-book can be purchased for download at http://www.chalicepress.com/Lent-Devotional-Fellowship-of-Prayer-2013-EPDF-P1241.aspx

Bethany Fellows seeks to nurture new, young Disciples of Christ clergy in order to help them develop a rhythm of spiritual practices and patterns for a life time of ministry. For four years, Bethany Fellows attend two retreats each year, where they are offered peer support, mentoring, site visits, inspiring speakers, prayer, worship, and a time of silent reflection. More information can be found at http://bethanyfellows.org/


Rev. Diane Faires serves as Associate Minister at St. Paul's Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Raleigh, NC. She is passionate about welcoming refugees and immigrants, Habitat for Humanity, and church camp. A graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, she enjoys cooking spicy curries and learning to play the guitar, and is humbly looking forward to running her first 8k next month after years of thinking runners were crazy. Diane is a Bethany Fellow and one of the authors included in the "Fellowship of Prayer" published by Chalice Press.

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