Patricia Hofer

What God gives with His “breath” and “spirit”

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance. In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in thy righteousness shall they be exalted. (KJV Ps. 89: 15-16) 

We not only can make the “joyful sound” but we can hear the joy in a sound. The birds awakening in the morning. The dance music filtering out through the window of a neighbor’s house. A church chime ringing down the street.

That’s why we are created the way we are. Only we can appreciate the bright yellow shining out of a spring forsythia bush. Or stare with wonder at the pink blossoms that emerge during summer from the many prickly globes of a beehive cactus. Only we can greet the fall in the October glory of a maple tree and discover ways to develop its syrupy sweetness. And only our hearts are warmed by the dancing brilliance of frosted trees after a first snow.

That’s why we are created the way we are. Our noses and taste buds turn fresh bread into a spiritual inspiration. We discern the sweet and the sour, the rotten and the ripening. And we savor it all—incense, cedars, perfume, spices—finding within it the “sweet smelling” fragrance of God’s love.

That’s why we are created the way we are. Only we have the faith to answer, “Yes, Lord,” when Jesus asks, “Do you believe that I am able to do this” (NIV Matt. 9:28)? And then we feel the healing balm of our Lord’s touch. Our eyes are opened. And Christ’s glowing warmth fills our soul.

That’s why we are created the way we are. Strengthened by the spirit of His righteousness, our hearts overflow with mercy in the midst of tragedy. We laugh out loud with glee, filling our challenging lives with hope and humor. The human spirit elevates the sorrow of great loss into resolve and determination.

That’s why we are created the way we are. That’s why God “created the heavens,” and “spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it.” That’s why God gave “breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein” (Isa. 42:5). And so He says, “Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine” (43:1).

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