Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Breath of God

Is the Holy Spirit resident in your life or president of your life? I call that The Pentecost Question, posed by Rikk Watts in my Scripture Union Bible study last Sunday. 

Lord Christ, 

How can I connect with your Spirit?

I’m convinced that regular Bible study releases or unlocks the Holy Spirit. I feel it in nature and worship. I find it in caring people and service. 

Still, my glass seems half-empty. 

In Acts, the Spirit comes powerfully upon your Disciples with wind and fire, even linguistic gifts. 

St. Paul is more real about the surreal. In Romans, we are groaning, hoping and waiting - in our weakness - for something we can’t see. 

…but I want a cup that runneth over! 

Our Book of Common Prayer talks about being enlightened and strengthened for your service; about growing in the likeness of Christ; about love and harmony with God, ourselves, our neighbors and with all creation. 

I pray for an infusion of your Holy Spirit - in the words of a hymn from two centuries ago:

Breathe on me, Breath of God, fill me with life anew, that I may love what Thou dost love, and do what Thou wouldst do. Amen. 

The Book of Common Prayer, pages 251, 853
Breath on me, Breath of God, #508, The Hymnal 1982 (The Episcopal Church)
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