Spiritual Practice

God’s Breath

Dalen Keys

They are huddled in a crowded room with the doors locked, terrified that they will be found. Their leader is dead. They have no idea what to do next. Suddenly—poof! Jesus is standing among them.

“No way!” yells Peter, not believing his eyes.

Why would Jesus breathe on his disciples? Find out in John 20:19-23.

“Are you seeing this too?” asks John.

“Peace be with you,” says Jesus.

“Oh, my!” says Bartholomew. “Is this really happening? Is that you, Jesus?”

“I think this is a manifestation of our minds as we search for answers within ourselves,” explains Andrew.

“Give me a break, Andrew. You’ve got to stop reading that stuff!” says Philip. “God is really Jesus!”

Jesus continues, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Then Jesus breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

It’s weird that Jesus breathed on his disciples; but now that I think about it, God breathed life into human beings at Creation. In God’s breath is power and life. God’s breath sustains us. Since God is with us all of the time, we are always breathing in God and the breath of life.


MEDITATE ON THE BREATH OF LIFE: As you breathe, be aware of God’s presence filling you with power and life.

—from devozine (March/April 2009). Copyright © 2009 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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