Pastor’s Corner: Take Time to Breathe

August 25, 2021

Take time to breathe, friends. Breathing is good.

Breathing is that simple activity that we do without thinking – until we’re mildly sick, or at high altitude, or under water, or very ill indeed – that is a cornerstone of life. We need to eat, but we can manage without it for a while. We need to drink water, but we can endure without it for… a lesser while. Without breath, however, we make the journey from the physical body to the spiritual body in moments.

One of the cruelties of COVID-19 is that it spreads via the breath. The roots of the word “aloha” are the sharing of breath, of spirit. Sharing the air we breathe is fundamental to human life, human society, human relationships, and human love. Beset with a disease that we breathe out and breathe in, we don face coverings and keep our distance. These deeply needed actions bruise our spirits and bring separation to our relationships. It’s hard. It’s very hard. It’s especially hard when the disease we thought was fading has roared back more widespread than ever.

That makes it more important than ever to stop, to quiet, and to breathe. Find a place, one in which you feel secure. It could be quiet or it could be ringing with activity; that’s up to you. In that place, breathe in and breathe out. Breathe in and breathe out.

Breathe in the aloha of God. Breathe out the fear. Breathe in the aloha of Christ. Breathe out the tension. Breathe in the aloha of the Holy Spirit. Breathe out the concern.

Your days may be filled with obligations and engagements. Those can wait. They need to wait until you have filled your lungs and your soul with the breath of God.

Take time to breathe, friends. Breathing is good.

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

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