Pause

Take three deep breaths, eyes closed, and repeat these words in your head:

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

Breathe the Spirit in,
Breathe distractions out.

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Listen

So then, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation, but it isn’t an obligation to ourselves to live our lives on the basis of selfishness. If you live on the basis of selfishness, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the actions of the body, you will live. All who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons and daughters.

Romans 8:12-14

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Think

You know that amazing feeling you get when you see someone in need and you are able to help them in a real and tangible way? It could be as involved as building a wheelchair ramp so that your neighbor can get in and out of their home independently. Or it could be as simple as showing up for a friend’s game — even if that friend spends most of the game on the bench. It could be bravely speaking up for a classmate you barely know, or it could be explaining a math problem until your younger sibling understands.

The truth is, we were created to be in relationship with one another, and so we are obligated to one another. When we fail to live out that truth and become too self-absorbed, the light within us grows dim and our life becomes a dull shadow. On days you feel dim or dull, look for opportunities big and small to help someone in need. Remember that you belong to God and God’s Spirit lives in you!

Lauren Holder

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Pray

Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.
Melt me, mold me, fill me, use me.
Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me.

“Spirit of the Living God,” Daniel Iverson (1926)

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Go

Let us go out into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Thanks be to God.

Book of Common Prayer

Lauren Holder

The Rev. Canon Lauren Holder is an Episcopal priest at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves exploring the world with her husband through the eyes of their small children and sharing good food with good friends.

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