Prayer for Pentecost

HolySpirit-150x150Holy Spirit,
River of love, divine delight,
flow through me.
Flame of sun, burn in me.
Wind of heaven, breathe in me.
Tongues of strangers, speak in me.
Love of God, sing in me.

Lead me beyond myself,
to return to you in the other,
to love you in my stranger,
my foreigner, my enemy.

Burn with your fire in me,
that it may be mine.
Breathe yourself into my life,
that it may be yours.
I am your song, and your singing.
I am your candle; you are my flame.

Holy Spirit,
love the world
in me.

 

Steve Garnaas-Holmes is a poet, songwriter and ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church, serving in Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Beth. He writes a daily contemplative reflection, Unfolding Light, as well as lectionary-based music and worship resources.

Art Credit: Holy Spirit, mosaic from Ravenna Baptistery, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.

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