Writing and Breathing

I’ve often said that I need to write as much as I need to breathe. This statement recently acquired new meaning for me as I was reading Keri Wyatt Kent’s book entitled Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity. 

Keri (page 200) refers to a video entitled Breathe in which Pastor Rob Bell discusses the ancient name of God, translated in the Bible as LORD in all upper case letters. This name actually consists of four Hebrew vowels that represent God’s name (YAHWEH). Since this name of God was so sacred to the Jews, it was unpronounceable. If one said the four vowels one at a time, it would sound like this: “Yah, hey, vod, hey”. Pastor Bell notes that the name of God is the sound of breathing. 

WOW! That struck me. To repeat the name of God is to breathe. To breathe is to engage in the process of receiving and giving forth life. When we write, we receive life from God and give it forth to our readers. Without the receiving first, there is no giving forth. 

As you write today, remember that you are receiving words of life from God in order to give forth those words to your reader. As you write, remember to breathe. For the two are one.

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4 thoughts on “Writing and Breathing

  1. Amazing and I love your summary: “To repeat the name of God is to breathe.”

    When I complete an article for my column I hit the send button with the pray that God will breathe life and blessing and comfort upon it and deliver it to the person or persons whose heart is in need.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:02 PM

  2. Breathing and writing. Breath of God being the Name of God… Deep and beautiful thoughts, MaryAnn! May we breathe in His word and breathe out His words.

    April 29, 2009 at 9:34 PM