Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Breath of Life

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:1, 26-27

God breathed the breath of life, and creation came to be. I believe the human voice reflects our Creator God. As image-bearers of God, we, too, can breathe the breath of life through our voices. I often think that hearing voices sing is one of the most life-giving experiences we are granted on this earth. Think about what it is like to hear our kids sing in worship. Listen to this arrangement of Barber's Adagio for Strings arranged for a cappella voices with your eyes closed and your heart open. Think back to the last time the worship band dropped out, leaving only voices to sing with God's very breath of life. There is something life-giving in our voices. 

Our voices give life every time they laugh with joy, utter an encouraging word, weep with a friend, or pray over another. May our voices give life to the people we journey with today.