Pause

Take a breath. Open your senses so they can feel the light that surrounds you.

Take a breath… and enjoy the life around you.

Sometimes it is difficult to see the sun over the clouds. But the sun is always there.

Sometimes it is difficult to feel the presence of the Triune God, but God is always there.

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Listen

I hope, Lord. My whole being hopes, and I wait for God’s promise. My whole being waits for my Lord— more than the night watch waits for morning; yes, more than the night watch waits for morning!

Psalm 130:5-6

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Think

In our home, we recently bought a door bell that has a little camera, where you can see who is ringing the bell. You can even talk to the person whether you are in the house or not. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone! This helps us feel safe and secure.

In ancient times, night watches provided this sense of safety in a village. These were people that usually stood on guard from towers, looking for any movement of alarm, protecting the sleeping village. This is the image the psalmist uses when speaking of hope. My whole being hopes and waits for God’s promise, "more than the night watch waits for morning."

Whenever you are living in darkness, in danger, nervous with uncertainty… it is good to see the dawn arrive. The light gives you a breather. Your job is done. You can rest and give thanks to God for living through another night. Hope enters your whole being and gives you life. And you can rest knowing that God will get you through another night.

Marissa Galván-Valle

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Pray

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you God, my Breath, my Sun, my Safety! In you I find hope. In you I find rest. In you I find peace. In you I find the strength to make it through the nights of my life. Guide me through any situation of darkness. Be my light, so that I can give the light of your presence of life and hope to others. Amen.

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Go

Breathe in!

Breathe in the life and hope that only God provides.

Breathe in so that you can go and give this hope of life to others, in everything you do and everything you say.

Marissa Galván-Valle

Marissa Galván-Valle is a Presbyterian Minister who is the Associate for Resources and Relationships with the Hispanic/Latino Constituency of the PCUSA and works to produce and promote Spanish language resources curriculum resources for the PCUSA. She is also a part-time pastor of Beechmont Presbyterian Church, an intercultural church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross

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