Breath of Heaven

Disclaimer: With hope of personally refocusing myself on the peace of Christ this season, I’ve decided to create a Sunday night devotional that includes some of my favorite Christmas songs, followed by a short devotional. Each song will include lyrics, a youtube link for easy listening, a meditation/inward-seeking questions and a short personal reflection. Here follows one of my personal favorites: Breath of Heaven.
I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I’ve done
Holy father you have come
And chosen me now to carry your son
. . .
I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?
Be with me now
Be with me now
. . .
Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven
. . .
Do you wonder as you watch my face
If a wiser one should have had my place
But I offer all I am
For the mercy of your plan
Help me be strong
Help me be
Help me
. . .
Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
. . .
Breath of heaven
Hold me together
Be forever near me
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness
For you are holy
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
Breath of heaven
. . .
Songwriters: Chris Eaton / Amy Lee Grant
Breath of Heaven lyrics © BMG Rights Management US, LLC
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Reading through these lyrics, or listening to this song… Which ones pull at your heartstrings or hit home for you? After considering this, please take a moment to ask God why? What God, are you trying to tell me through these lyrics?
While listening to this song earlier this afternoon, God startled my soul with the stanza: “I am waiting, in a silent prayer. I am frightened by the load I bear. In a world as cold as stone. Must I walk this path alone? Be with me now Be with me now.” Now these lyrics point directly to Mary’s pregnancy, and though I, myself, am not pregnant, I can connect with “being frightened by this load I bear.”
Are you bearing a load this holiday season? Perhaps it’s the stress of shopping and Santa-Clausing. Or working extra hours to pay for gifts and cards for everyone you know. The slow fade of a terrible job. Maybe your family isn’t as excited for the holiday together as you are, or you’re not as excited as others think you should be? Or maybe it’s something deeper… Like love lost, forgiveness needed, or a calling you’ve ignored for far too long. Perhaps it’s the product of living in a “world as cold as stone”. Or maybe you, or someone you know feels like they are “walk(ing) this path alone”.
Everyone is going through something, especially this time of year. The holidays seem to bring out either the best or the worst of us, and sometimes a mixture of both. For whatever our load, for whatever cold world we live in, for all the moments we feel we are walking alone, this song provides a short, beautiful prayer:
“Be with me now. Be with me.”
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Dear God, 
I think I’ve been ignoring you, frightened by all of the unknown. But during this season you remind me with hope, that you are Emmanuel – God With Us. So I ask of you: Be with me now. Be with me. And as a present to those around me, lighten my darkness and pour over me your holiness, so I can see and have compassion for those who feel like they are treading their paths alone. In this season, bring us, (all of) your people closer to You and closer to each other. 
~Amen.

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