Aloha= Alo= [presence, front, face] + ha [breath]
Literally, “the presence of breath” or “the breath of life.”
During a recent trip to Hawaii, I learned that Aloha is not just a greeting but also a way of living and treating each other with love and respect. This deeper meaning starts by teaching ourselves to love our own beings first and then spread that love to others.
The breath in our bodies is a precious gift from Almighty God. As human beings, we can invent many things, but we can’t create the breath of life. We have been given the AWEsome opportunity to be good stewards over the breath entrusted to our bodies. This air is not our own. It’s on loan to us while we’re here renting space in this world. Let’s use this gift to praise the Lord, speak life, and encourage our earth-mates. Let’s protect our God-given investment by not exposing it to the toxic people, places, and things that are destined to destroy our body and soul. And let’s make this world a better place by seeking forgiveness for the relationships we’ve polluted with our words.
Today, let’s strive to make the most of each breath we take and add value to the breath we share with one another. Aloha!
That was great. Yes. Breathing and praying during difficult situations allows me to see God in mist.
Terie M. Fields
Thanks, Deac.! God is truly the very air we breathe… He’s definitely in the midst of it all!
Yes, Practical Chick, I agree with your view, but on one specifically – toxic relationships. It can take a long time and more than a few life experiences to recognize and remove yourself from toxic relationships. Those of us who have been through this and learned along the way, “know the deal!” God knows I’ve wasted plenty of breath on more good girlfriend relationships than any other! Aloha!
Ooh wee, MaTilda… I definitely know the deal about those toxic relationships! They can sometimes take years (and a WHOLE lotta prayer!) to get out of for good. Certainly much easier said than done. But oh so worth it!!! Aloha dahling!