Today a Lenten Prayer by St. Ambrose of Milan (AD 339-397) with Echoes of Ezekiel 36: 26-7:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee,
for Christ’s sake,
Picture found here when blog hopping
The church is not going to be different until someone in it is different. God waits for each of us to hear, “Behold, I do a new thing…through you!” The question is always: Can we open our lives so that the Holy Spirit may descend and new power break that we may be the kind of person around whom renewal begins?
A great quote for Pentecost … imagine what the Spirit could achieve if we were open and willing to change … and be changed?
Picture is: Pentecost Quilt by Linda Schmidt from here
We are nothing without the fire of the Spirit of God… so:
“Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit,
and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth”.
Amen to that!
Picture is ‘pentecost at ground level’ by Dave at visualtheology