I know when I am outdone. On this feast of Pentecost, nothing I write can be as inspiring as the beautiful “poem-prayers” to the Holy Spirit which I discovered this week, thanks to Fr. Gabriel. I share them with you, hoping that they will help to develop in us all a deep, abiding sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit to each one of us. Here they are:
Come, Holy Spirit, elusive, powerful Wind, Breath of life, closer to me than I am to myself: show Yourself, yet in a way that reminds me that You have always been there and will always be. So, take possession of me; I wait eagerly to learn. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, bearing Your best gift, Yourself; for there is nothing else I need or desire. You loved me though I was unaware, so now I ask You to surprise me once more with that Kiss that tenderly brushes away all loneliness. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly Dove, inviting us into the love of Jesus and his Father: Take my hand and pull me into the glorious dance, the largesse of fellowship that cannot be contained but must be shared. I want to dance in Your circle. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit. You are beautiful, Lord; You are Beauty. Your shyness moves me to adore You. Weave into my soul that same humble anonymity that looks out from the shadows and into the light, noticing beauty, reveling in humble service. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, Midwife to the Word. You breathed; and the pages of the Bible stirred, fluttered, flew, sang, winging us into God’s story that is the story of my life. Instruct, correct my mind; inspire me through the Word You generously inspired. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, bearer of Christ to the world: You were with Jesus always, empowering, comforting, fully intimate. You are with Jesus as I pray right now.
Come Holy Spirit: teach us how to pray. My prayer is feeble and confused. But I am praying, and I thank You for this treasure of infinite value. You are my sighing. Never stop whispering prayers, too deep for words, out of the marrow of my soul. Amen.
Come Holy Spirit, brood again over Your creation. Open my eyes to notice the splendid tapestry of life; open my ears to hear the sterling chorus of life, as all things bear witness to Your goodness, power, and glory. May I rest with the universe in your hands. Amen.
Come, Holy Spirit, breathe into me Your life. Blow deep within my soul, turn my life inside out. Catch me up in the powerful vortex of Your gale, for only You can use my restlessness to bring calm. I long to live in the eye of the hurricane of Your love. Amen.
This is just a sampling. More of these gems can be found in a book entitled The Kiss of God: Twenty- seven Lessons on the Holy Spirit, written by James Howell and published by Abingdon Press. Happy Pentecost to us all.