27th November 2013

Breath of Life 

Fourth of a Series 

“For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Psalm 139:13 (NIV)

When my wife was admitted to hospital in late September 2008 with suspected severe pre-eclampsia, we couldn’t have imagined how dramatically things would happen. Within minutes we were told our baby would most likely need to be delivered in the next 48 hours. They began various drugs to try and stabilise my wife’s blood pressure to buy time for a course of steroid injections to stimulate the baby’s lungs and improve the chances for breathing after birth. The next day we toured the Special Care Baby Unit, and learned about the risks involved with prematurity and the care our baby would receive. And less than two days after we arrived at the hospital our daughter Lydia Ruth was born by Caesarean section, almost 11 weeks early and weighing 1.1 kg or 21b 7oz, equivalent to a bag of sugar. 

She was taken on a special trolley straight to an intensive care incubator, and within a couple of hours I was able to see her connected up to various monitors and machines, and watch as the consultant paediatrician tried painstakingly to get lines for drips into her tiny veins. In those first few critical hours Lydia was on a ventilator to control her breathing, but her lungs actually started working quite well and over the next few days she was gradually able to transfer first to an air pressure machine and then to breathe on her own. They even gave her injections of caffeine to help stimulate her breathing response! Tiny though she was, Lydia was breathing—she was alive! 

When things are going well, if we generally enjoy good health, it’s easy to forget that our lives our fragile. Without air we can survive only a few minutes. But as we see from the scripture above, it is God who is the giver of life. He sustains us every second of every day. And the same thing applies spiritually. John 6:63 tells us that the Spirit gives life. We need to continually ‘breathe in’ the Holy Spirit, by which we share in the fulness of spiritual life that God gives to us in Jesus Christ. “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit” (1 John 4:13). 

Lord God, thank you so much for the gift of life. Help us to remember that we are totally dependent on you, not only for our physical life, but especially for our eternal spiritual life. In Jesus’ name we pray

Study by Simon Williams


About the Author:
Simon Williams is active in the Cambridge Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Cambridge
Comberton Village Hall
Green End
CB23 7DY

Meeting time:
Saturday 2:00 pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Bill Lee
Email:  cambridge@wcg.org.uk

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