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Come, Holy Spirit!
Come, fill our minds with your vision.
Come, fill our souls with your passionate fire.
Come, fill our mouths with words from your tongue.
Come, fill our hearts with your unconditional love.
Come, Holy Spirit!

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Listen

"I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you."

John 16:12-15

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Think

I find great comfort in, "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear." I find that often when the Spirit is revealing something, the Spirit's revelation is paired with my strong feelings of anxiety or confusion. This is comforting to me personally, but I also find it comforting for the Church as well. After all, this is the week of celebrating the Church's birthday, and it is clear from some members of various denominations and congregations that their church is less of a birthday party and more of something they can hardly bear right now.

Perhaps the question for us is not only "What is the Spirit revealing?" but "Are we really ready to hear what the Spirit's revelation may mean in our lives?"

The Spirit is always speaking and always revealing new truth to God's children. It is my hope that our limited understanding as finite creatures will be the only reason the Spirit will constantly reveal new visions.

Ashley-Anne Masters

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Pray

God of continued revelation, give us the ability to hear what your Spirit is speaking to the churches. May your vision always be clearer than our own agendas. Amen.

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Go

Go, Holy Spirit!
Go blow away that which is destructive to ourselves and others.
Go resuscitate and breathe life into those in distress.
Go before us, leading us in the way of truth and hope.
Go, in spite of our attempts to rein you in and keep you confined.
Go, Holy Spirit!

Ashley-Anne Masters

Ashley-Anne Masters is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently serves as a hospital chaplain and freelance writer in Chicago, Illinois. She is co-author of Bless Her Heart: Life as a Young Clergy Woman and author of Holding Hope: Grieving Pregnancy Loss During Advent.

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