The Holy Spirit drives our life in Christ.

Our normal resting rate of breath is between 12 and 25 breaths per minute. If you’re doing something, almost anything, it goes up. And you’re usually doing something.

That means if you’re older than 72 you have likely taken over a billion breaths. Most often we don’t even notice it – unless you’re asthmatic, have some form of lung disease or dysfunction or during exercise.

And we never breathe just to breathe. It’s always for another aspect of living – be it simply carrying oxygen to every part of our body to make it work or to smell a particular scent, like the crisp air after a thunderstorm.

We don’t live to breathe, but we have to breathe to live.  Nothing else works without it.

Remember: We Continue in the Faith of the Apostles

Jesus prayed, “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word…”

 Today is the 7th and last Sunday of Easter. We’ve spent the last seven weeks contemplating the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus, and what that means for the world and the Kingdom of God.  This morning I want to look at the grounding of our faith, which is in the witness of these Apostles.

We tend to come to our faith through a combination of someone’s testimony, then it develops by prayer, reading scripture, study and worship – all of it built upon very old and deep traditions. We cannot help but look at the roots our faith in hindsight, but there is more to it than that and it is important to recognize it. Here is why.

We have God's promise

Historian Stephen Ambrose wrote a wonderful narrative history of World War II in Europe called Band of Brothers, which later became a mini-series. He traced Easy Company, of the 2nd Division of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, who parachuted behind the lines on D-Day, went north to an invasion of Holland, then found themselves at the heart of the Battle of the Bulge. Later they invaded Germany and were stunned when they come across a concentration camp.  They eventually wind up in Bavaria and take Hitler’s mountain hideaway – the Eagle’s Nest. He did extensive interviews with those veterans to get the stories straight. It’s stunning to watch a single company push through all of those critical moments, and it is a true story.