Jun 13, 2013

Litany: With and Through the Spirit

Here’s a litany of solidarity from the Christian Aids Bureau of South Africa.

A Litany of Solidarity: With and Through the Spirit
(inspired by Galatians 5: 22-23, Romans 8: 14-15)

Come, Holy Spirit,                                                        
Fill us.
Come, Holy Breath,
Live in us.
Come, Holy Wind,
Move through us.

“For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves,
so that you live in fear again.” (Rom 8:14-15a)

Where we are led by other impulses 
we become slaves again
and our way of being is guided by fear.

Where we are guided by prejudice,
Fill us with love.

Where we are guided by pessimism,
Fill us with joy.

Where we are guided by misunderstanding,
Fill us with peace.

Where we are guided by superficial quick-fixes,
Fill us with patience.

Where we are guided by self-interest,
Fill us with kindness.

Where we are guided by apathy,
Fill us with goodness.

Where we are guided by convenience,
Fill us with faithfulness.

Where we are guided by complacency,
Fill us with meekness.

Where we are guided by temptation,
Fill us with self-control.

Come, Holy Spirit,
Fill us.
Come, Holy Breath,
Live in us.
Come, Holy Wind,
Move through us.

Amen.

~ from Aids Candlelight Memorial Service, posted on the Christian Aids Bureau for South Africa website. www.cabsa.org.za/