[Video message] Rob Bell – Breathe

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A thought-provoking, interesting and atmospheric video. Theology, philosophy. www.nooma.com

With everything that we’ve got going on every day, how many of us ever think about our breathing, about the meaning of breathing? Yet, for thousands of years, people have understood that our physical breath is a picture of a deeper spiritual reality. In the Bible, the word for “breath” is the same as the word for “spirit.” There’s an inherent dilemma at the core of what makes us human. We’ve all been created in the image of God and possess immense power and strength. And at the same time, our lives are incredibly vulnerable and fragile. Maybe if we had more insight into the meaning of breathing, we would better understand how God created us as human beings.

This is an awesome message – I love it as it’s both inspiring and illuminating – yes, every breath we take, we are proclaiming the name of God – Yud Hei Vav Hei – the unpronounceable name that is uttered in our breathing. God is in each one of us – we came from the dust, and our life is fragile, and yet we are given divine life from the Creator of everything, and we are crowned with glory and honour.

I like what Francois du Toit wrote in his recent devotional – “The mystery is within us and in all that lives, even in the bodies of the small fishes in the sea-pools, the mystery of the being of God. There is no creature that breathes but the breathing is the rhythm of his love, no flower that glows with any other light but His, no voice that speaks in kindness but the cadence of the compassion is his own. Elizabeth Goudge.” It ties in with what I learnt from Rob Bell’s message in the above video – our breath declares the name of God, and our breathing is the rhythm of His love.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150) Yea, all creation declares the glory and love of God simply by living and breathing – in Him we move and have our beings.

This topic on breathing and God also brings to mind a music video called “Breathe Deep (the Breath of God)” by the Lost Dogs. I like the video presentation as well as the lyrics – it reinforces the truth that “Christ is all and in all” (Colossians 3:11).

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