“God is Spirit and those who worship God must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
The English word “spirit” comes from the Latin “spiritus”, meaning “breath or a breathing (as in respiration) or breath of a god (as in inspiration).” It is in our very nature as living and breathing creatures to experience God in our every moment of life, just as naturally as we breathe. God is Spirit; therefore, we are called to worship as naturally as we breathe. Since God is as near to us as our own breath, we know that God abides with us in the truth of what is our life itself.
If we take this to heart, then we know that the God we worship is never distant from us. The Spirit, as symbolized by our own breath, is always with and within us. Perhaps this is something Carl Jung meant when he wrote, “Bidden or not bidden, God is present.” In those times when we find ourselves in darkness, fear, grief, sorrow, loneliness or confusion we may find some comfort in remembering the inspiration of hope and truth that comes from knowing we are one with the breath of God. Our situation or circumstance may not change, but we still worship God in spirit and in truth. We know the Spirit is with us in every breath that we take.
A Breath Prayer: Breathing in, say: “God of Truth….” Breathing out, say: “….we worship you with every breath we take.”
Jerilynn and Tom Daugherty