Toward the Spirit
FROM TODAY'S SCRIPTURE:
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
Because you will not abandon my soul to the nether world,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7--11
FOR WHOM, FOR WHAT, SHALL WE PRAY?
- For restless hearts, burdened with doubts,
for those who live with anxiety and depression,
and for those whose nights are long and sleepless...
- For those who do not trust,
for those whose trust has been abused,
for those who lack confidence in their own faith,
and for the broken hearted...
- For those who are lost and cannot find the way,
for those who stumble on the path of holiness,
for those whose tears have no end,
and for those who seek the comforting embrace
of God's peace...
Come, Holy Spirit of God!
Calm our restless hearts with the peace
that you alone can give.
Soothe and comfort us
when we are troubled in mind and heart
and let serenity be your gift to us.
Grant us sound sleep and dreams
that lead to morning's dawn.
Mend the brokenness of our broken trust
and with your Spirit's strength
make firm our faith when we doubt.
Give us your wisdom and counsel
when we are confused and know not
where to turn.
When we stumble on the path of holiness,
let your fiery presence light our path.
Teach us to delight in your Word
and to hunger for its truth.
Give us joy in our sorrow
and gently wipe every tear from our eyes.
Come, Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your people
and kindle in us the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and we shall be created
and you shall renew the face of the earth...
["...of this earth!"]
Glory to the Father...