Lenten Devotional for February 13

Breathing God’s Name

God the LORD says–
the one who created the heavens,
the one who stretched them out,
the one who spread out the earth and its offspring,
the one who gave breath to its people
and life to those who walk on it–
–Isaiah 42:5


Every time you breathe you express the name of God. The first sound a newborn makes is the name of God. The obstetrician listens for it. It comes first as a cry. Everyone thrills with the first sign that the baby can breathe. The last sound a dying person makes before leaving this earth is the name of God.

I find it profoundly meaningful that every mammal on earth begins and ends life pronouncing the name of God. It does not matter what theology I hold, I automatically, many times every day, say the name of God. Even if I am unconscious, I am constantly giving expression to the name of my Creator. There is never really any doubt about whose I am. I am because I belong to I AM. My existence is a gift from the One who is the source of all.

– J. David Muyskens


God, thank you for every breath I take. Open my ears to hear your voice in all the ways you try to speak to me. Amen.


Listen to your own breathing pattern. Practice a breath prayer. Breathe in “God” and breathe out “Have Mercy.” Learn more about the breath prayer.

* From Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2010 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission. ©2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved.

This and the other devotionals for this Lenten Series can be found at the following link:http://www.thegodwecanknow.com/category/50-devotions/page/5/.

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