This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
Thank you for following along with the Scriptural Stations of the Cross, leading up to today's Easter Day celebration. You can revisit these Lenten reflections at any time by going back to the overview provided on March 5, 2023, and moving forward in blog entries from there. I pray that you have been blessed as you have reflected on the Passion of Christ and that you experience glimmers of God's joy as you ponder his life-giving Resurrection!
Today's entry is an excerpt from page 86 of A Mindful Moment: 5-Minute Meditations and Devotions (Zondervan, 2022), written with teens in mind but appropriate for adults too! ...
You may have had times of feeling dead in your spirit—seasons of sadness or depression, or grief over the loss of someone (or something) important to you. You may even have responded to this heavy suffering with a loss of the desire to live.
God is all about restoring life. In this story [from Ezekiel 37], he gives the prophet Ezekiel a vision of dry bones, asking “Can these bones live?” While the most logical answer would have been no, God is all about life, and his answer was “yes.” He attached tendons to the bones, added some flesh and skin, and breathed life into those dead bodies. And voilà, they were alive! A weird and also super cool metaphor for how serious God is about resurrection. Deadness is no match for him because he IS the breath of life.
You don’t have to resurrect yourself when you’re feeling dead or deflated. God will do that. You’ll sometimes have to wait and hope, and you’ll sometimes wonder if it’s possible, but God is all about life (your life), and he will bring resurrection to pass.
Christian Mindfulness Practice
Following [a] breathing space guide…, notice the breath in your body which is God’s breath, handed down since the beginning of human history. God is breathing life into you, and he will continue to do so. When you are finished, jot down some observations in your journal.
I am Irene Kraegel. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist and teach mindfulness on a faith-based university campus. I practice mindfulness because it opens me up to God (a.k.a. brings joy). I am writing here in hopes of sharing some of my experiences and thoughts related to the practice of mindfulness in the life of a Christian. Thanks for reading!
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