The word pneumonia comes from the Greek pneuma, which means wind or breath. Pneumonia is a disorder of the breath.
Sometimes we almost stop breathing.
The spiritual lungs become infected with busyness, with the good instead of the best, with oozing wounds from the past and with burdens too heavy for any one person to bear.
The breaths become more and more shallow.
Wheezing through our days.
Then almost still, we rasp out the words over blue lips, “Where is the joy and power we once knew?”
Lent is a time to begin breathing deeply again.
To take in the very presence of God.
“…true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” (John 4:23)
It’s right there in With Christ in the School of Prayer that Andrew Murray writes, “God is Spirit: He alone has Spirit to give. It was for this He sent His Son, to fit us for such spiritual worship, by giving us the Holy Spirit.”
It’s time to seek Him, to breathe in the very breath of God.
Oh, to allow His Spirit to invade the far-flung reaches of our soul and to cleanse us from the bacterial plagues, which displace the life giving power of His Spirit.
Here we are daily seeking to have our lungs inflated with Him. We kneel in adoration. We breathe.