The Gift of Oxygen

Steven Laman

READ : Acts 17:22-31

No crying filled the delivery room when I was born. I did not get enough air during the birth process and I came into this world not breathing. The doctor gave me oxygen as soon as he could. However, the parts of my brain that make it possible to do fine motor activities like balancing, walking and talking were already damaged. About a year later, a doctor diagnosed me as having cerebral palsy.

Thanks to the doctor’s quick thinking in giving me oxygen, I was able to live. But wait a minute, the doctor didn’t create the oxygen. Only God can create air, and He alone gives men life and breath. The doctor only used what God had already given.

When Paul was in Athens, he looked around. He was saddened when he saw many different altars to pagan gods even one to an unknown god. Paul stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and told the people there about the one true God the God who gives men life and breath and everything else.

How many of us are grateful for every breath of air we breathe? If you are like me, I hardly everthink to thank God for the breath of life. James says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17a). That includes the gift of oxygen.


Creator of everything, thank You for giving us the breath of life, so that we can live and serve You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.