The Eleventh Day:
Eleven Pipers Piping
Pipers make music with their breath. The breath that they blow into their instruments vibrates and reverberates, and can often be heard from far away.
On this eleventh day, use your breath in a way that can be heard from far away, in the very highest reaches of heaven — through prayer. Since at least the sixth century, “breath prayers” have been a part of our Christian tradition. In a “breath prayer,” you breathe in while praying one phrase from scripture or tradition, and breathe out while praying another phrase. Try this breath prayer from the psalms: Breathe in while praying “My help comes from the Lord,” and out with “the maker of heaven and earth.” Do this multiple times — ten or more, at least — as a kind of grounding scriptural meditation. It’ll reduce your holiday stress and bring you closer to God!
As you do this, offer silent thanks for the gift of breath, a gift we’ve come to appreciate all the more in this midst of a respiratory pandemic. Breathe in, breathe out, and pray!
And remember, friends:
Our God is bigger than coronavirus.
Our vision is bigger than coronavirus, too.
We are people blessing people.
We are Wesley Church.
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