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Breath of Life

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“BREATH OF LIFE”

Air

 

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“Attacked by an Alligator”—a true story

 

 

 

 

Bob enjoyed nothing more than fishing. When the stress of his work became too much, he grabbed his fishing gear and headed out to a nearby lake. He looked forward to the time when his two boys would be old enough to teach them to fish, just as his dad had taught him. One summer evening, Bob drove to the lake and carried his fishing gear to the end of the dock. It was dark, and the stars were shining. There wasn’t another soul around. Bob filled his lungs with the delicious, cool, fresh air—so different from the air at the factory where he worked.

 

It wasn’t more than a couple of minutes before he felt a tug on the line. It was a good catch. Then Bob cast off again closer to the dock, but as he was reeling in, the hook snagged on something underwater and, try as he might, he couldn’t free it. He walked into the shallow water, but as he reached down to free the line, something clamped down on his left arm. He felt sharp, searing pain. Gator teeth! He fought to hold his footing, but it was no use. The alligator was strong—very strong. Struggling for his breath and life, he fought, but there was no way he could stop it. Coughing and sputtering for air, he felt himself being dragged out to deep water. With a thud, Bob struck an old dock piling.

 

Momentarily he freed himself, took a full breath of fresh air, and swam as hard as he could for the dock. This time the fast-moving gator clamped down on his right leg, and he Bobfelt himself being pulled out into the lake again. The last thing he saw was the lights of the dock disappearing in the distance. His intent enemy pulled him down to the muddy bottom of the lake, suffocating him. Bob’s last conscious thought was a prayer for deliverance and that God would take care of his wife and boys. Then there was only blackness.

 

Bob opened his eyes. Where am I? In the moonlight, he saw that he was wedged in the tangled brush along the shoreline. He checked himself out and was grateful to find that his limbs were still attached. “Thank You, God,” he whispered. I’m still breathing! Apparently the alligator had left, planning to eat him later.

 

The brush was thick and tangled, hard to negotiate, and the only way out would be to go back into the shallow water and limp toward the dock about 150 feet away. Weak and tortured by pain, he moved forward, inch after agonizing inch. In horror he saw a trail of bubbles coming his way. The enemy was intent on securing its captive. Summoning his last energy, Bob headed for a little canal that entered the lake just ahead. Now he could see the little footbridge spanning the canal. And in the dim light he saw a man on the bridge.

 

“Help!” Bob gasped. “The gator is after me!” The man immediately ran down to the canal, grabbed his Bob’sgood arm, and pulled him out of the water. Weak from loss of blood and from fright, Bob collapsed on the wooden footbridge. How thankful he was to heave in another and yet another breath of fresh air! Every breath seemed to be a prayer of thanks to God for rescuing him.[1]

 

 

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The American Lung Association has the slogan

 

“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”

 

 

Air is truly a gift of God, and we can’t live long without it.“When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.”[2] Very true! You can live four to six weeks without food. You can live perhaps five to seven days without water. But generally, if a man, woman, or child is deprived of air and its life-giving oxygen, survival is counted in minutes—not days or weeks.

 

What is the composition of air?

 

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Fresh air is a mixture of gases that are balanced to support life:

  • 78% nitrogen
  • 21% oxygen
  • 1% other gases

 

Fresh Air is a Perfectly Balanced Mixture:

  • 78% Nitrogen,
  • 21% Oxygen,
  • 1% of other gases

 

 

 

 

Fresh air is a mixture of gases that are balanced to support life:

  • 78% nitrogen
  • 21% oxygen
  • 1% other gases

 

High quality, fresh air is actually electrified. Have you ever breathed outdoor air just after a thunderstorm? The oxygen molecule is negatively charged. This results in an improved sense of well-being, relaxation, lowered resting heart rate, improved learning, and many other health benefits. Well-oxygenated air also increases growth rates in plants and animals. In addition, it decreases the survival rate of bacteria and viruses in the air. Indoor air ionizers are commercially available. Avoid those that produce ozone, which is an irritant, can worsen asthma, deaden the sense of smell, and cause coughing, headache, and nausea.

 

Each day a healthy adult consumes three pounds of food, three pounds of fluids, and six pounds of oxygen! About two pounds of that oxygen enters the blood and is transported to tissue cells throughout the body.[3]

 

Air pollution

Since the days of the ancient king Hammurabi, it has been considered a basic human right to breathe pure, fresh air. In the Christian era, this legal right was affirmed in the year 1306 and many times since. Yet, in spite of laws on the books, there is increasing pollution in many parts of the world.

 

 

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What about urban and industrial pollution?

  • In 1900 there were 16 cities over 1,000,000

population.

  • In 2000 there were 400 citiesexceeding 1,000,000

population.

 

 

 

Do you live in a large city? Is it one of those that does not have high levels of pollution? If so, you are fortunate. Bottled air? Many of us already have to buy bottled water. Are we going to have to buy bottled air too? Someone, half joking, said, “Stop breathing! You’re killing yourself!”

 

 

 

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Bottled air?

Many of us already have to buy bottled water.

Are we going to have to buy bottled air too?

 

 

 

A University of Michigan publication describes the atmospheric problems from urban and industrial pollution.[4][TL1]  In 1900 there were scarcely forty-three cities on the globe that exceeded 500,000 in population, of which only sixteenhad more than a million people. In 2000 there were about four hundred cities that exceeded a million. Today, large metropolitan areas contain 15–20 million people, cities such as Tokyo, Guangzhou, Seoul, Delhi, Mumbai, Cairo, Jakarta, Mexico City, and Sao Paulo. These crowded cities offer their citizens chemical pollutants in the air, including ozone, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and suspended particles. Asthma and respiratory diseases are on the increase in many of the world’s large cities.

 

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DO SOMETHING!

Did you know?

  • Often the most damaging air pollution is in home
  • Indeed it may be harming you and your children.
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  • Air we breathe in home canincreaserisk of lung cancer, asthma, allergies,etc.

 

 

 

 

But besides the pollution in the cities, you can have a problem right in your own home, even in a little village or town. Indoor air may be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air. Contaminated air can increase the risk of lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, and allergies. These diseases may make breathing difficult. Don’t be deceived by the thought, I can take it. It isn’t harming me.

Indeed it may be harming you and your children.

 

What can you do about this problem?

Be careful about exposure to herbicides and pesticides. Millie found that after her battle with stomach cancer, she became very sensitive to toxic fumes. Once, when she was walking through a garden center, the smell of herbicides was so strong that instantly her stomach went into a cramping pain. She held her breath and exited quickly.

 

We suggest that you ventilate the laundry room, avoid dangers of secondhand smoke, and sleep with an adequate circulation of fresh air. Fight mold or mildew with bleach and water or a mold cleaner, and use an air filter. Exercise caution when applying bleach, since bleach is toxic. A mask can be worn when applying herbicides or pesticides. Some choose not to use any on their garden or yard. Beware of dust mites and other allergens that may hide in carpets and bedding. When using commercial cleaning products and pesticides, keep your home well ventilated.

 

Try to purchase cleaning products that are not harmful to your health. One mother was concerned when her newborn cried continuously from time to time and suffered from allergies and rashes all over his body. She earnestly prayed that God would enlighten her, since none of the doctors she visited had a clue about the origin of her son’s problem. She began to keep a journal and discovered that the episodes corresponded with the day the house was cleaned using toxic solutions. This motivated her to develop her own products free of harmful substances and to pray that God would help her with the correct formulas. God answered her prayers when she used environmentallysafe cleaning solutions. After this, her son had no more unexplained crying episodes. Incidentally, she became a millionaire by marketing her products[TL2] .

 

Another air pollutant is radon. Radon is the second most important cause of lung cancer after smoking. The proportion of lung cancers attributable to radon is estimated to range from 3 percent to 14 percent. Radon gas comes from uranium in the soil and rocks. It enters homes through cracks at concrete floor-wall junctions, gaps in the floor, small pores in hollow-block walls, and through sumps and drains. Adequate home ventilation is important. Radon test kits are available in hardware stores. Check the levels in your basement and living area. If high levels are present, get professional help. Sealers can be used to close cracks, gaps, and pores.

 

Breathing properly

 

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How can I breathe properly?

An erect posture benefits breathing and optimism.  A cramped posture impedes breathing.

. A slouching posture makes you look like a beaten, dejected person. In addition, poor posture may cause long-term physical damage. “God made man upright” (Ecclesiastes 7:29)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“God made man upright” (Ecclesiastes 7:29)Stand and walk as though a rope from above is pulling you skyward. When you walk, lead with your chest, not your head

A slouching posture makes you look like a beaten, dejected person and cramps the lungs.

  • .Protect yourself from foreignparticles and from nearby coughing passengers on an airliner by using amask.

 

 

 

An erect posture benefits breathing and optimism, while a cramped posture impedes breathing. A slouching posture makes you look like a beaten, dejected person. In addition, poor posture may cause long-term physical damage. “God made man upright.”[5] Stand and walk as though a rope from above is pulling you skyward. When you walk, lead with your chest, not your head.[6]

 

Even if you have an abundance of fresh air, you still need to breathe properly in order to feel your best. Proper breathing primarily uses the diaphragm and abdominal muscles and, only secondarily, the chest muscles. Watch how a baby breathes when lying down. Note that its little tummy rises and falls with each breath.

 

When the diaphragm falls, this creates a negative pressure, and air rushes in to fill the lungs. In the lungs, the hemoglobin of the red blood cells (RBCs) binds with the oxygen we inhale and carries it to every cell in our body, where this oxygen supports metabolism.

 

A waste product of keeping the body fires going is carbon dioxide, which is picked up by the RBCs and returned to the lungs for exhaling. When the diaphragm rises, the positive pressure expels air and waste from the lungs. The diaphragm is called the “second heart,” since it and the leg muscles squeeze against the veins that are beyond the pulsating pressure of the heart and aid in venous-blood return.

 

Breathing deeply of fresh air has many benefits. We sleep better, we feel more optimistic, we perform better athletically, and we are more pleasant to live with. Students who study outdoors in fresh air have clearer minds and report they have a more productive study time. Some find the beach area to be a favorite place to study. Psychologically, it is calming, refreshing, therapeutic and inspiring.

 

Breathing and exercise

Moderate to intense exercise forces us to breathe more deeply and rapidly and speeds up the oxygenation and carbon dioxide exchange in every cell of the body. It particularly benefits the brain and helps us to think clearly. The average brain comprises 2 percent of a person’s total body weight. Yet it requires 25 percent of all oxygen used by the body, as opposed to 12 percent used by the kidneys and 7 percent by the heart.

 

Danger when the elixir of life runs low

 

On August 5, 2005, the Russian navy, through Russia’s Foreign Ministry, appealed for assistance

 

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Story:  On August 5, 2005, the Russian navy, through Russia’s Foreign Ministry, appealed for assistance, when a mini-submarine, Priz, became entangled in a netOn Aug. 4, 2005 a Russian mini-submarine AS-28 “Priz” was trapped on the floor of the Pacific…

 

 

 

when a mini-submarine, Priz, became entangled in a net. Oxygen supplies in the submarine were running out. Britain, the United States, and Japan responded. Huge airplanes flew emergency equipment across the world to the nearest air base. The British arrived at the scene first and were able to free the trapped mini-sub. Fortunately, with maximum oxygen conservation, the supply held out until August 7, when the mini-sub surfaced with only hours of oxygen remaining.

 

 

We are like that mini-submarine. We live in a hostile environment. Often we are caught in the net of sin, or perhaps in the net of concern for the things of this life. The enemy of our souls tries to hold us fast so we cannot get oxygen to support our spiritual life. A constant supply of divine oxygen—of the breath of the soul—is essential to the survival of spiritual life.

 

 

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We need divine oxygen to support our spiritual life.

Prayer is likened to the breath of the soul.

 

 

 

 

            Story of Maria in Chile

      Prayer is the breath of the soul.

 

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Story of Maria in Chile

 

 

Maria lived in Chile. After her mother’s death, the ten-year-old tried her best to cook and clean for her despondent father, who worked the late shift in a mine.

 

Papa wouldn’t attend religious services with Maria. His heart hurt too much. One day, a missionary distributed gospel tracts in her neighborhood. As Maria packed her papa’s lunch one evening, she included this leaflet with a prayer that he would read it and be comforted by God’s great love.

 

Maria was jolted to consciousness at 1:10 a.m. The shrill emergency whistle of the mine gripped her heart with fear. She joined others rushing down the streets. Some carried shovels. Far below, a collapsed tunnel had trapped eight men, among them Maria’s papa.

 

Rescue crews worked long into the night. At last they penetrated a tiny cave. But they were too late. The air, so vital for life, was gone. Suffocation had squeezed out the lives of all the men, found sitting in a circle. On Papa’s lap lay the gospel tract, open to the page that shared a clear explanation of the plan of salvation. On it Papa wrotehad written:

 

My darling Maria, . . . I read this little book, and then I read it several times to the men while we waited to be rescued. Our hope is fading for this life, but not for the next. We did as the book told us and prayed, asking Jesus into our hearts. I love you very much, Maria, and one day soon, we will all be together in heaven.[7]

                                                                                                         

 

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In the days of the Romans, death by crucifixion was essentially death by asphyxiation. When Jesus died for and me on the cross,

 

His last words were “It is finished!” and “Into Your hands I commend My spirit (My breath or pneuma).”

In the days of the Romans, death by crucifixion was essentially death by asphyxiation. When Jesus died for you and me on the cross,

His last words were “It is finished!” and “Into Your hands I commend My spirit (My breath or pneuma).”

 

 

 

 

In the days of the Romans, death by crucifixion was essentially death by asphyxiation.On Calvary’s cross, Jesus hung in an unnatural position between earth and heaven for six long hours, His chest heaving as He labored and struggled to breathe. Finally at three o’clock Good Friday afternoon, Jesus cried, “It is finished.” Then He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit [My pneuma, My breath of life]” and breathed His last, bowing His head in death.[8]

 

You can make Jesus’ dying declaration of finished salvation a part of your body and soul. He breathed His last so that you might have His breath of life forever. On the evening of His resurrection, Jesus breathed on His disciples and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”[9] Do you desire to receive this breath of life in your body and soul?

 

Reflect/Discuss

 

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Group Discussion

1Reflect/Discuss

  1. What information on the value of fresh air impressed you the most? Why?

.  How are we taking precautions for prevention of H1N1 (Swine flu) and other respiratory diseases personally and in our family?

2.  See how many harmful environmental pollutants you can list in 60 seconds.

 

 

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Reflect/Discuss

2.What steps are you taking for prevention of flu and other respiratory diseases personally and in your family?

2. What steps are you taking for prevention of flu and other respiratory diseases personally and in your family?

3.Complete the story: I remember when I breathed wonderfully fresh air and it made me feel so good.

 

Prayer

Dear Lord, thank You for the air that I breathe each day. It is Your life-giving gift. Help me also to breathe the breath of life and live a life of constant prayer submitted to Your will. Amen.

 

Reflect/Discuss

  1. What information on the value of fresh air impressed you the most? Why?
  2. What steps are you taking for prevention of flu and other respiratory diseases personally and in your family?
  3. Complete the story: I remember when I breathed wonderfully fresh air and it made me feel so good.

 

Personal Reflections

 

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Personal Reflections

Personal Reflections

1.  What steps could I take to keep respiratory health or prevent respiratory disease? 

  1. Am I satisfied with the quality of air where I live or do I feel that it is dangerous to my health?
  2. What steps could I take to keep respiratory health or prevent respiratory disease?

2.  Do I have toxic cleaning substances that I need to be cautious with when using?  How?

 

 

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3.  Do I have family or neighbors who have respiratory problems like asthma?  What could be done to give them a more normal life?

Describe their situation and what could be done to give them a more normal life.

 

 

 

 

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4. One author states, “Prayer is the breath of the soul.” Share a time when you felt revived and invigorated by prayer.

 

Personal Reflections

  1. Am I satisfied with the quality of air where I live or do I feel that it is dangerous to my health?
  2. What steps could I take to keep respiratory health or prevent respiratory disease?

 

 

 

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  1. 3.  Do I have family or neighbors who have respiratory problems like asthma?  What could be done to give them a more normal life?

 

  1. What can I do to increase my spiritual breathing capacity?
  2. I plan to do health multitasking activities that include getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise into my lifestyle wellness schedule.

 

 

 

 

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3. I will check for harmful cleaning products in my home and will start substituting them with environmentally safe products.

4.   I will go camping, climb mountains, and walk in the woods to get fresh, clean air.

  1. What can I do to increase my spiritual breathing capacity?
  2. I plan to do health multitasking activities that include getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise into my lifestyle wellness schedule.

 

 

 

 

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     5.    I will walk in the fresh air daily either in the morning, during lunch break, or at twilight.

6. I plan to take my children, a friend, or my grandchildren with me for a mini-vacation to the beach, mountains, or in the countryside.

  1. What can I do to increase my spiritual breathing capacity?
  2. I plan to do health multitasking activities that include getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise into my lifestyle wellness schedule.

 

 

  1. Am I satisfied with the quality of air where I live or do I feel that it is dangerous to my health?
  2. What steps could I take to keep respiratory health or prevent respiratory disease?
  3. Do I have family or neighbors who have respiratory problems like asthma? What could be done to give them a more normal life?
  4. One author states, “Prayer is the breath of the soul.” Share a time when you felt revived and invigorated by prayer.
  5. What can I do to increase my spiritual breathing capacity?

 

Intentionality

r   I plan to do health multitasking activities that include getting fresh air, sunshine, and exercise into my lifestyle wellness schedule.

r   I will check for harmful cleaning products in my home and will start substituting them with environmentally safe products.

r   I will go camping, climb mountains, and walk in the woods to get fresh, clean air.

r   I will walk in the fresh air daily either in the morning, during lunch break, or at twilight.

r      I plan to take my children, a friend, or my grandchildren with me for a mini -vacation to the beach, mountains, or in the countryside.Activities

 

Am I Breathing Properly?

Try the following exercise in the fresh air. Expel the air from your lungs. Take a deep breath, using abdominal muscles. Hold it for eight to ten seconds and then slowly exhale through pursed lips. Do this five times. (Caution—don’t hyperventilate.). This removes toxins, helps circulation, and brings fresh oxygen to your brain so that you can think better; and it stimulates your alertness.

 

Assess whether you are breathing superficially or deeply by placing your hands with your fingers touching on your abdomen below the lungs. If you are fully expanding your lungs, you will feel abdominal movement outward. Your hands should move apart with each breath.

 

How can i Iimprove my posture?

Good posture contributes to better breathing.

  • Avoid bending forward when sitting and walking as it puts undue pressure on the front side of the vertebrae, which may lead to vertebral breakdown or too much pressure on the discs.
  • Practice sitting tall when at the computer, eating, in church, studying, until it becomes comfortable for you.
  • Pretend you are being pulled skyward by a rope attached to the crown of your head when sitting or standing.
  • When walking, press shoulders back and chest forward.
  • Lean against a wall. Press shoulders, hips, knees and ankles close to wall. Try to maintain this vertical plumb line as you step away from wall.

 

Healthy Air Suggestions

Fresh air may seem like something that we take for granted, but it makes a huge difference in our thinking and sense of well-being. Breathing polluted air may promote pulmonary disease, cancer, and even threaten our survival. Make right choices for healthy breathing. Follow the suggestions given and enjoy better health.

 

Protection

  • Wear masks when traveling during flu season or epidemics, and wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid breathing second-hand smoke from tobacco. Cigarette smoke contains over more than four thousand4,000 different chemicals, many of which cause cancer. These include formaldehyde, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, and ammonia.
  • Think the smoking question through. It claims 400,000 lives annually in the U.S.and is believed to shorten life 21 twenty-oneyears on the average.
  • Protect yourself from fumes such as cleaning solutions, paint removers, insect sprays, herbicides and pesticides. Use a mask.
  • Open bedroom windows at night, even in wintertime. Oxygen can kill germs.
  • Guard against dampness and mold in your living space and basement.
  • Use an air filter and clean regularly. Have a furnace with an electronic cleaner that electrifies oxygen molecules, charging them with healthy negative ions.
  • Beware of carbon monoxide gas from charcoal heating in sleeping areas.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide fumes from running gas engines in closed quarters or the garage.
  • Stay indoors during smog alerts.

 

 

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[1]. Adapted from Alvis McCree, “Attack at Clear Lake,” Guideposts, September 2001, adapted, paraphrased and abbreviated.

[2].   Canadian Lung Association, slogan, http://www.lung.ca.

[3].   “How Hyperbaric Oxygenation Therapy Works,” http://www.oxytank.com/how.htm (site discontinued).

[5].   Ecclesiastes 7:29.

[6].   “Bones in Balance” program, sponsored by the Physical Therapy Department of Lakeland Hospital, St. Joseph, Michigan, 2010.

[7].   Adapted from Dick Eastman, “Circle of Faith,, originally published in From Every Home for Christ Magazine and found in Alice Gray and Barbara Baumgardner, Stories for a Kindred Heart, (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, Inc, 2000), 310–311.

[8]              . John 19:30; Luke 23:46.

[9]              . John 20:22.


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