“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” - John 20:21-22
Pentecost is this Sunday, when we celebrate the giving of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospel of John, Jesus breathed on the disciples and the Holy Spirit renewed them. John Van de Laar wrote this beautiful prayer about that moment and the renewing presence of the Spirit. https://sacredise.com/breathe-2/
The rhythm of breath – drawing air in, and sighing it out – pulses in all of creation, O Lord It is a simple sign of the resurrection; of the life that cannot be quenched, even by death itself.
We know what it is to breathe, Jesus our lives depend on it even as they depend on You Risen, Alive and Present;
So, breathe into us again, Lord Jesus, we pray breathe the life that never dies, breathe the hope that never despairs breathe the courage that never turns back breathe the joy that never stops singing
Breathe into us, Lord Jesus, and teach us to sing, to worship, with every breath And to live the inspiration that is Your resurrection. Amen.
Grace and peace,