Take a Breath

During the holiday season, it’s easy to get caught up in all that has to be done. We have gifts to buy, parties to attend, finals to complete, and other year-end duties. Sometimes all we each need is just a breather. A moment where we aren’t required to do anything and can just be.

More and more people are discovering the meditative and therapeutic nature of coloring. Adele Calhoun, author of a newly released InterVarsity Press book called Coloring the Psalms, points out ways to enter into God’s presence using coloring.

“When you are mindful about opening yourself to God, you enter into a spiritual practice that can shape your soul. Spiritual disciplines open space in our lives for the worship of God. They are grace-filled ways of responding to the presence of Christ with our bodies. Worship happens in our bodies, not just our heads. Paul writes in Romans 12:1, ‘Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.’ I invite you to offer in worship the bones and muscles of your fingers as they move across the page, your mind and intuition as they make color choices, your mouth as it whispers prayers, your breath inhaled and exhaled, and your heart as it beats.”

Here is an excerpt from her book. Take a moment to breathe and connect with God through her writing.

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes.” Psalm 96: 11-13

“Become comfortable. Breathe deeply. Intentionally place yourself before God […] In rhythm with your breathing, gratefully inhale the breath of life. Exhale remembering that Jesus gave his last breath for love of you. Gently and thankfully repeat, ‘Breath of life, breathe on me.’” (p. 26)

This holiday season, remember what we are celebrating and let that be the focus of all you do. We are celebrating Jesus coming to earth and making a way for us to connect to God. Take time, breathe, and remember. 

Taken from Coloring the Psalms by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun. Copyright Illustrations copyright (c) 2016 by James Newman Gray. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL  60515-1426. www.ivpress.com  

Jeff Yourison

Director of Campus Web Ministries

Jeff Yourison serves as Director of Campus Web Ministries. He and his wife, Judy, live in Madison, Wisconsin. They have two grown children, daughter, Rebecca, and son, Timothy. Jeff has been with InterVarsity since 1977.