Brothers and sisters, your faith has been a great comfort to us in the middle of our own troubles and sorrows; now we can breathe again, as you are still holding firm in the Lord. 1 Thess 3:7
Paul’s friendly and affirming notes to his friends in Greece continue. His only apprehension is that they might lose awareness of the firm embrace with which Jesus is protecting them.
I like the reference to breathing. I know from my own experience that when I get a bit nervous or worried my breathing becomes shallow. Often in those moments I can’t immediately change the thing I’m worried about, but I can take a few deep breaths, perhaps a yawn or two to really get the oxygen filling my lungs, and immediately things feel a bit better.
The deep breathing doesn’t magically resolve my anxiety, but at least I’m breathing again.
Sometimes when I don’t feel like praying I simply become aware of my breathing. Pretty soon I’m realising again that I am not giving myself that breath, I am not the creator. I am not God, Instead I become deeply aware that a power other than me is choosing in this moment to give me breath and life. I am being created.
And when I am pondering thoughts such as these I realise I am praying.