Friday, 25 May 2012

The Fullness of Promise (Come Holy Spirit)

There it stands in the flower border.

 The bulging buds pushing against their silken sheath.

We are almost persuaded
we could strip away the gossamer wrappings
and bring about the moment of flowering ourselves.

The fine stems,
 packed as precisely as timed fuses,
 warn us we are too clumsy to attempt this unveiling.

What is it within us I wonder,
still lying beneath the surface
(most probably unseen),
 though we feel it's prodding from within
 and know we are not yet complete.

Something not yet birthed,
 deeply part of our longing and our DNA,

We can trust the one who clothes the lily of the field
 to hold us
 and unfold us
to our ripe potentiality
with the sure touch of creation.

Lk. 24: 49     I am going to send you what my Father has promised... Acts 1:8 will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.

On this Pentecost weekend 
may the Holy Spirit
 light the fire of our being to new wholeness 
and a fuller flowering of life.

 Veni Sancte Spiritus/ Come Holy Spirit

 Come from the four winds, O Spirit, come breath of God;
     Disperse the shadows over us, Renew and strengthen Your people.
 Veni Sancte Spiritus
 Father of the poor come to our poverty. 
  Shower upon us the seven gifts of Your grace. 
    Be the light of our lives, oh come,
 Veni Sancte Spiritus
You are our only comforter, Peace of the soul. 
    In the heat You shade us, in our labour You refresh us, 
    And in trouble You are our strength.
 Veni Sancte Spiritus.
 Kindle in our hearts the flame of Your love, That in the darkness of the world,
     It may glow and reach to all forever.
 Veni Sancte Spiritus 

To listen to the words of the Veni Sancte Spiritus sung as only Taize can,  click on this You Tube link.

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