Breath of Life
by Lisa Stager
I lay my body down upon the warm, soft sand and feel my bones defining and forming it beneath me. I listen to the waves crashing in upon the shore, and feel the sun’s warmth upon my face as the wind sweeps over the sea and land. Bending low, a blade of grass gently caresses my face like a lover’s touch, while the wind whispers its secrets into my ear.
As I lay upon my bed of sand, there beneath the steadily sinking sun, I sense the breath of God gliding over the surface of the water, I breathe in deeply, filling my lungs with life. I am no longer just a solitary being, but a part of the sand, the waves, the wind and the sun. And I know that this is where I belong, this is where I began.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.