Encouragement for the Journey 15 May 2016

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Encouragement for the Journey 15 May 2016

Encouragement for the Journey Pentecost (resized)

Greetings fellow traveller

This Sunday we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit. Some years ago I came across this poem of James k Baxter, for me it offers rich metaphors to describe the presence of Spirit in our lives and world.

I offer it to you for your encouragement on the journey:

Lord, Holy Spirit,

You blow like the wind in a thousand paddocks.

Inside and outside the fences,

You blow where you wish to blow.

Lord, Holy Spirit,

You are the sun who shines on a little plant.

You warm him gently, you give him life,

You raise him up to become a tree with many leaves.

Lord, Holy Spirit,

You are the mother eagle with her young,

holding them in peace under her feathers.

On the highest mountain you have built your nest,

Above the valley, above the storms of the world,

where no hunter ever comes.

Lord, Holy Spirit,

You are the bright cloud in whom we hide,

In whom we know already that the battle has been won.

You bring us to our brother Jesus,

to rest our heads upon his shoulder.

Lord, Holy Spirit,

In the love of friends you are building a new house,

heaven is with us when you are with us.

You are singing your song in the hearts of the poor.

Guide us, wound us, heal us. Bring us to God.

       – James K Baxter (NZ Poet)

 Meanwhile Peace

Alf