Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Moments...for you, for you!

Ann Voskamp advises,

when the world contracts tight… breathe deep, and let it all come with no fear, no fear.

Just let everything that comes on, trickle on through. Don’t hold on… Just breathe and let go.”

All the torn places in a life show us to how let go.

And the work of birthing a child is the work of raising a child – knowing how to let go.

We breathe slow together, letting what He gives in this moment fill us, run through us, move on out into the world.

I don’t know how many times a day I still midwife myself and these children, “Just take a deep breath… Breathe.“

The beautiful labor over a child never ends. Our every breath is a murmuring of His name, YWHW.

He orchestrates it that days after that book of ours, One Thousand Gifts, delivers into the world, that my little days-old niece stops breathing.

She turns blue, color of heaven.

Would we still look up to the heavens and whisper what we’d written in the pages of One Thousand Gifts: God is always good and we are always loved.

The words we preach must always become flesh. Else they aren’t words but lies.

We wait to hear from doctors in the critical care unit.

My niece breathes shallow and laboured.

In her post today Ann inserts this quote from Rabbi Lawrence Kushner:
“The letters of the name of God in Hebrew… are infrequently pronounced Yahweh. But in truth they are inutterable…. This word {YHWH} is the sound of breathing. The holiest name in the world, the Name of Creator, is the sound of your own breathing. That these letters are unpronounceable is no accident. Just as it is no accident that they are also the root letters of the Hebrew verb ‘to be’… God’s name is name of Being itself.” ~Rabbi Lawrence Kushner
Read more here: http://www.aholyexperience.com/2013/01/how-to-breathe-through-the-hard-times/

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