Breathe

If you have been around MVPC much in the last two years you have probably noticed that I suffer from asthma. Most of the time it stays pretty well managed. Other times, like last week it became unmanageable where every breath took a monumental effort, leading me to miss my first Sunday as a Pastor in over 29 years.
 

I have this wonderful machine called a “Nebulizer.” It pushes air through a small tube into a receptacle where I put some great medicine called “Albuterol.” This turns the liquid albuterol into a mist which I inhale. Albuterol relaxes the muscles in the airways of my lungs allowing me to take deep breaths and relieving me of any struggle to breathe. A single dose relieves the struggle to breathe for four to five hours. Over the last month or so I am on this machine about three to four times a day. On the machine, I am in “heaven.” Off the machine and I am not in heaven.

Jesus is raised from the dead and he finds the disciples in a locked room. He walks in and discovers his closest friends are having trouble breathing in the events of the last few days. They are asphyxiating on the troubles, doubts, grief, anxiety and loss of their friend Jesus.

Jesus gives them what I call “The Nebulizer Treatment!”

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (John 20: 21-22)

 

And breathe in the Holy Spirit they did.
The disciples and the world were never the same since.

The Nebulizer Treatment of the Holy Spirit doesn’t just last for four to five hours. It lasts an eternity!

On Sunday, June 4th we will celebrate Pentecost – the official debut of the Holy Spirit which breathes new life into our very lives today, tomorrow and forever! Make sure you wear red on that Sunday.
 

Together, may we inhale the fruit of the Holy Spirit and exhale a breath of fresh air full of grace and love to all!

Breathing easy…

Pastor David!

 

 
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