Just Breathe

Good morning! 

I have spent the last several days and nights with my dad and several members of the Tulsa Fire Department and EMSA. 

 This week brought a weakened body and immune system to my 86 year old father. After two falls and two 911 calls, he headed to our nearby hospital by ambulance. Fortunately for me it’s also where I am working. Convenient. 

Diagnosis pneumonia.                 Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs of the lungs. The air sacs fill with fluid causing cough, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. No tell tale cough for dad. But definite severe weakness followed by fever, chills, and difficulty breathing attacked his system. Fast. Leaving him very sick.  

Thank God for hospitals. Xrays. Antibiotics.  Breathing treatments. Physical therapy. 

My dad would be happy if he could just breathe. He then could feel better. Eat better. Stand better. Walk better. Live better.

Breathing is an important part of our daily involuntary actions. We take on average about 16 breaths per minute, about 960 breaths an hour, 23,040 breaths a day, 8,409,600 a year. A man such as my father, an 80 year old man, will take about 672,768,000 breaths.

Breath is crucial for life. Only God has the power to breathe life into a living being. Genesis 2:7 tells us “the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” 

When God made man all He had to do was just breathe. For man to sustain life all he has to do is just breathe.

Let’s all just breathe.  Breathe in God’s love.Inhale. Breathe out selfish worldly ways. Exhale. Fill ourselves with the breath of God. Let His holy spirit fill us with life. When life gets difficult, just remember your source of life. Then close your eyes, say a little prayer,  and just breathe.

The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.   Job 33:4

Love and laughter, 



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