“Breathe life into our lungs so we can shout your name!” Psalm 80:18 (The Message Bible)
Unless prevented, the capacity of the lung will decrease by 40 percent by the time a person hits 50 years of age. (Source on the web: “Are Your Lungs Shrinking?” By Dr. Al Sears) This is why when older folks catch a cold or have the flu, they often end up with pneumonia.
If you have to stop and take a breath while walking or talking, or find that you get tired easily while doing moderate work, your lung capacity is shrinking. However, through exercise, lungs have an amazing ability to be restored. No special equipment is needed (unless the lungs are already suffering from disease).
Because breathing is natural for us, we forget to breathe deeply. If you can’t work out, run, or do other high-lung capacity exercises, it’s good to pick times during the day to just breathe. Try this: breathe deeply from the diaphragm and move it up to the top of your lungs; expel slowly—get rid of as much air as you can, repeat a few times.
Our faith is much like lung capacity. If we don’t exercise it, it will not sustain us when we need it the most.
Living God, breathe life into us as we breathe oxygen into our lungs. Amen.