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And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
— Luke 2.8-12, New International Version
We ourselves are daughters, mothers, aunts, wives, friends, neighbors, teachers, and researchers. We know that in these days particularly, our time is limited. Perhaps you can find five minutes (or more!) for spiritual reflection — and if so, we rejoice with you and bless you! But if finding time for quiet is difficult, we want to help reframe the goal. It’s not about the time spent; it is about the connection with God. If he can feed thousands with five loaves and two fish, then he can take your five seconds of prayer and infuse you with his loving presence.
Some of us have been appreciating the form of prayer called “breath prayer” throughout the pandemic. You can read more about it, but we’ll describe it like this:
Pray a short phrase while breathing — one half on an inhale, and one half on an exhale. Repeat as needed.
You can find a printable version of this card for your personal use — just print it double-sided, then cut it out.
We hope these prayers make way for you to both grow in awareness of God’s presence with you and to prepare your own heart for the celebration of his birth, even through the challenging circumstances of these days.
You can find all the other Advent breath prayers on this page.
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