As we go through life, day after day, it's all too easy to focus on the activities of the day, checking off our to-do lists. It's all to easy to focus on bringing in that next pay check. It's too easy to focus on our families, and ourselves.
As Christians, we know that we're "supposed" to focus on God, but many times, that may not be our daily reality. There's just too much to do. After all, we're not monks.
When abusive situations in our church have happened to us, it's even easier for our focus to not be on God, but on our hurt, on the injustice of it all, on our anger. Or maybe we are focusing on God -- but by blaming Him for what happened.
For the time being, it would seem that a healthy faith has flown out the window. Someone else's cruelty has proven to be a serious distraction from the way we view church, from the way we used to be able to pray, and from the love of God.
And yet, that's exactly where our healing lies: focusing on God and his love. So what are we to do?
Simple things. Like breathe. Really. Do it. Breathe slowly, remembering that it is God's breath that created all that is. Breathe in. Breathe out. Reflect on God's breath, coming to you from His Holy Spirit, filling your lungs with the gift of life. Envision your whole body being filled with his love. Stay there in that space for a while. Take the time to do this every day -- focus on God in you.
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