Come, Holy Spirit
Andy Horner of Centennial, CO, USA
And again I say to you, “Sue for peace, not only the people that have smitten you, but also to all people; and lift up an ensign of peace, and make a proclamation for peace unto the ends of the earth.” -Doctrine and Covenants 102:11a-b
At the beginning of Sunday school, our pastor invited us to spend some time in silence. As I focused on my breathing, I fell into the spiritual practice I’d been trying to follow for several months: breathe in, “On Earth,” breathe out, “As heaven.” Breathe in, breathe out. “On Earth, as heaven; on Earth, as heaven.” It was not going well, though. A different phrase kept intruding: “Come, Holy Spirit.” I struggled to return to the phrases I’d committed to: “On Earth, as heaven.” Why couldn’t I stick with that?
“Okay, have it your way!” I finally gave in. “Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Holy Spirit.” Breathing in and breathing out, “Come, Holy Spirit.” Those words slowly took me to a different place, a place where I recognized that even those sanctified words of scripture, “On Earth, as heaven,” were not serving me well.
Or, perhaps more accurately, I was not serving them well. I had been overlaying my own agenda on top of them-my view of how Earth will be transformed when those words come true. I knew how I wanted God’s Commonwealth on Earth to look, and I was trying to transmit those ideas to God in prayer. What I was not doing was listening for what God was trying to transmit to me.
Now, I’m not opposed to agendas. Everyone has an agenda. Even the person who says he doesn’t have an agenda has the agenda of wanting you to believe he doesn’t have one! The church has an agenda called the Mission Initiatives. There is nothing wrong with having an agenda.
But my time in silence with the Holy Spirit is a time that I need to let go of my agenda and simply receive the Spirit’s gifts.
“Light dawns on a weary world.” CCS 240
The Light of God
Epiphany invites us to focus on the light of God. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. As you breathe gently in and out, reflect on the statement, “The light of God is in all things.” The light has a bright, soft beauty and radiates God’s healing love. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light and it lives in you.
Today’s Prayer for Peace
Engage in a daily practice of praying for peace in our world. Click here to read today’s prayer and be part of this practice of peace.