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Spirit of Renewal

How manifold are your works, O Lord!   In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.  Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number,   living things both small and great.  There go the ships to and fro,   and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it.  All of them look to you   to give them their food in due season.  You give it to them; they gather it;   you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.  When you hide your face, they are terrified;   when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.  You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;   and so you renew the face of the earth.  May the glory of the Lord endure forever;   O Lord, rejoice in all your works.  You look at the earth and it trembles;   you touch the mountains and they smoke.  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;   I will praise my God while I have my being.  May these words of mine please God.   I will rejoice n the Lord.  Bless the Lord, O my soul.   Hallelujah! ~ Psalm 104:24-34, 35b



How life affirming is this Psalm? How wonderful is the Spirit of God?


A Spirit that does not come to destroy, but to create.


A Spirit that comes to renew, refresh.


A Spirit that comes to give life. Over and over again.


A Spirit that is bountiful and fresh. One that is hopeful and full of promise.


In this week following Pentecost, how can we look at God's Spirit in new ways? How can we notice the renewing work of a Spirit that does not like stagnation?


How can we be part of the life of a Spirit that calls for transformation and change? One that seeks to move us out of our sedentary, fixed ways of being and doing?


How can we live - truly live - into the joy and celebration this Psalmist calls us to?


How can we bless God who breathes this renewing Spirit daily into our lives?


Bless the Lord, O my soul. Hallelujah! And teach me to be a blessing to others. Amen

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