Prayer Reflections

Holy SpiritI've heard the tongue in cheek comment from menopausal women, "It's not a hot flash, it's a power surge!" Really? But anyone who has been there knows the importance of attitude in dealing with such issues that effect body, mind and spirit.

Our vision controls our perception and our perception becomes our reality. Consider this, whether you are a member of a religious congregation or a lay associate affiliated with that congregation, regardless of your age or whether you are female or male, faith informs vision and enhances our perception.

The Holy Spirit—first received in Baptism, affirmed in Confirmation and celebrated at Pentecost—is the ever-ready power surge to enable us to handle those prickly life issues that can wear us down and knock us out. Galatians 5:22 speaks of the energizing Fruits of the Spirit:

When we come face to face with the challenge of sacrifice, when we are asked to go the extra mile, when we need to offer forgiveness to another, HOLY SPIRIT, GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR LOVE.

When the TV news is bleak, when we walk with sadness written on our soul, when we have days in which everything seems to go wrong… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR JOY.

When apprehension eats away at us, when we are filled with angst or anger, when our bodies cry out in distress… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR PEACE.

When we don't get our way, when we stop giving people our understanding and acceptance, when we want to quit the rat race… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR PATIENCE.

When someone needs a random act of caring, when a smile or a helping hand can make a difference… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR KINDNESS.

When we face the shadow of our inner life or peer into the darkness of the world around us, when we struggle to believe in our own blessings… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR GOODNESS.

When personal fear threatens our trust in You, when we walk on the edge of life and death, when we struggle with the discipline of spiritual growth… GIVE US A POWER SURGE OF YOUR TRUST. Amen.

Reflection: "…meditate on these things." Phil. 4:8

What is your first recollection of the Holy Spirit's presence in your life? Here we use the image of "power surge"… what are the more common images of the Holy Spirit and which is more meaningful to you? Why? In what ways does your Congregation or Associate planning foster the Holy Spirit? How do you recognize the Holy Spirit in your day to day living?

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