the refreshing Spirit of life
washes over creation
with the flow and power
of the surging river and sea
and the burble of brook.
In the infancy of faith,
the bubbling waters
of other’s knowledge of You
inspires and instills
a sense of inquisitiveness and searching
that lead further into knowing and understanding
the presence of You in our lives.
In the maturity of faith,
the waves of certainty and doubt
can at times crash over
who we understand You to be
as we deal with the ever changing scenery
of life and death,
of loss and growth.
Your Spirit surges within our hearts and imagination
when our confidence is high,
and at times of weakness and frailty,
she steadily trickles Your love
into the emptiness of the moment.
Awash with Your grace
we place ourselves into Your hands.
Though You might seek to refresh us,
we cannot ignore the dry and dusty areas of our lives
that we hide away
from the pouring of Your Spirit
in case we find ourselves transformed.
Forgive us for our long held prejudices and resentments.
Forgive us when we put ourselves before others.
Forgive us when we fail to affirm others.
Forgive us when we hide from Your call to us.
Lord of life,
washing away the hurts and divisions of our lives,
You make us humble of heart and mind.
In Your presence we are forgiven
and Your voice offers the assurance
of Your love of us shown in Christ.