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Monday, May 12, 2008
Pentecost is upon us!

Pentecost is upon us again-- a season to pray and ponder and more deeply welcome the mysterious third person of the Trinity: The Holy Spirit. Below is the ancient hymn, Come Creator Spirit. Last year I read through Raniero Cantalamessa's book of meditations on the hymn by the same title. I'm thinking of doing that again. For now-- I encourage you to spend some time this week with the prayer.

Are any of you reading and praying in particular ways through the days after Pentecost? If so, I'd welcome hearing about what you are reading and learning.

Come, Creator Spirit,
visit the minds of those who are yours;
fill with heavenly grace
the hearts that you have made.

You who are named the Paraclete,
gift of God most high,
living fountain, fire, love
and anointing for the soul.

You are sevenfold in your gifts,
you are finger of God's right hand,
you, the Father's solemn promise
putting words upon our lips.

Kindle a light in our senses,
pour love into our hearts,
infirmities of this body of ours
overcoming with strength secure.

The enemy drive from us away,
peace then give without delay;
with you as guide to lead the way
we avoid all cause of harm.

Grant we may know the Father through you,
and come to know the Son as well,
and may we always cling in faith
to you, the Spirit of them both.


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posted by John David Walt | at 5/12/2008 09:54:00 AM



Blogger Matt said...

hey jd,
at gcf on sunday we read from numbers 11 - where 70 leaders receive the holy spirit and prophesy, and moses says that he wishes all of God's people were prophets...it was a great text that i didn't usually associate with pentecost..and fun to discover it again. i could really feel God's heart that His people would 'rise up'

i'm praying that i'm more aware of the spirit's presence in my most challenging moments, as opposed to just God the Father or God the Son...if the essence of God is inseperable, then i want to be aware of all three persons (was reminded of this from the teaching at our youth group sunday night by Wes P)

thanks for all the recent worship quotes.
matt r

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