Daily Bread August 25

Gift of the Holy Spirit
Virginia Spiers of Independence, MO, USA

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
   your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
   your judgements are like the great deep;
   you save humans and animals alike, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
   All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. -Psalm 36:5-7

I recently experienced an absolutely wonderful Sunday morning worship service. The speaker dwelt on the topic of Pentecost and started by asking us to remember when we first felt the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The music, prayers, and scriptures led me, and I am sure many others, to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. I could hardly wait to get back to my dwelling place to express my feelings. With pen in hand, it only took a few moments to put these thoughts on paper.

I wanted to shout
To let the joy out.
It was bursting my heart
To overflow, as God’s part
Of His promise to us given
Long before He ascended
To His heavenly throne.
He wanted it known
He would never leave us alone.
Ask and ye shall receive
His Holy Spirit if you believe.
You shall feel joy, peace, and love
That He showers on us from above.
Now, it is not ours to keep
But to share with those who seek
This Gift of God’s Holy Spirit.

Prayer Phrase

“In God’s hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10).

Spiritual Practice

All That Lives

Sit quietly and sense God’s presence flowing through the trees and all creation. Offer a prayer of gratitude for your connection to all that lives. Ask for grace to discern and carry out one small act of justice or healing that creates greater wholeness for the plants, animals, trees, waters, air, and land that are part of the community of creation.

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.

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