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

You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as his children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit agrees with our spirit, that we are God’s children. But if we are children, we are also heirs. We are God’s heirs and fellow heirs with Christ, if we really suffer with him so that we can also be glorified with him.

Romans 8:15-17

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Think

Have you ever been around a baby who seems to use the same word or sound for everything, yet the parents somehow know exactly what the child is saying? Variations on “dah-dee” could mean anything from daddy to doggie to milk, and only the parent can understand.

I think the same is true of God and us. I think sometimes we struggle to articulate just exactly what we are thinking, feeling, or believing — but God understands us because we are children of God and have received the Spirit of God.

When words fail us, the Spirit speaks up for us. It’s a Spirit we share with God — so that God smiles on us with the love of a parent — and we belong together.

Lauren Holder

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Pray

Loving God, you knit me in my mother’s womb and you know the words of my heart. Help me to receive your Spirit again today and every day. Amen.

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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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