At the same time we are told, in today's reading in Ezekiel 37, about God's breath bringing 'bodies/bones' to life. God's breath in each of us - Emmanuel - what we are celebrating with Advent and Christmas. Celebrating Jesus' birth as we wait, and watch, for His coming again. We talked last week about taking 'small steps' for the closer relationship. Today we can remember God's 'breath' (Holy Spirit) in each of us!
The wonderfully "Good News" about that is there is no coughing involved in God's breath in us! The question, however, is do we believe it? Our Gospel reading, John 11:25 & 26, is Jesus asking us if we believe He IS the resurrection and the life. Do we? Do we really believe what Jesus is saying, that God's breath IS in us, that Emmanuel - God with us - is true? Do we still believe it even when the answer to the prayer is "wait" or even "no"? Do we still believe it when we are tired, it doesn't seem like God is answering - especially after we've been praying for what seems like forever?
Our prayer card, this week, is for "Breakthrough" prayer. For God to "breakthrough" what ever is holding us - individually and as a church - back from what God is calling us to. It is from the book "Floodgates - Holy Momentum for a Fearless Church" by Sue Nilson Kibbey. It is a way of remembering God's 'breath' in each of us - individually and as a church. It is a 'small step' to a stronger relationship with God/Emmanuel -- God with us AND in us.
I encourage you, this week, to keep breathing (even if it starts a coughing fit) and taking small steps. I encourage you to keep praying, keep circling, keep praying the promises. Mark Batterson reminds us, in "Draw the Circle," to keep listening for what God is calling us to do and pray for. Advent reminds us of the hope we have in Emmanuel - God's breath in us. Can we do that? Can we remember AND keep moving forward - breathing and taking small steps?