January 29, 2014: Hello, Holy Spirit

~by Louis Templeman

It is 8:16 a.m. and I have spent the morning in prayer. I woke up at 5:30 and got out of bed about 15 minutes later via the snooze alarm. After my shower, breakfast, shaving, dressing, getting lunch ready for work, I was able to spend my normal alone-time with the Lord. I am getting more consistent in addressing the Holy Spirit as I wake up. It seems like a great thing to do. And, it feels so right.

I remember the dream I had where the woman, (in ancient Middle Eastern garb, not so different than today, I guess) said to me in an urgent voice, “Louis, you must believe in Jesus. He is your Ruach!” It was so real that I woke up with a start and began looking for her. I was hoping she would tell me what a Ruach was. After a lot of searching in a couple of different libraries I discovered she was saying. He is my “breath.”

The breath that hovered over the face of the deep as the world was created. The breath that flowed from the mouth of the Father as the Word was spoken. The breath that restored the bones that Ezekiel prophesied to. The breath in Ps. 104 that renews the face of the earth. The breath/wind that filled the house and lives of the 120 as they prayed on the Day of Pentecost, as the church was birthed.

The breath that I need in my lungs, in my thoughts, in my dreams, in my journey throughout the day. The breath that I need to dispel the misery and doubts and dread that so often fogs up my imagination.

Here are a few of the traditional prayers I pray to the Holy Spirit every morning:

Come Holy Spirit, and daily increase in me your gifts of grace; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and true godliness, and fill me with a spirit of true reverence for you, now and forevermore. Amen.

O Holy Spirit, soul of my soul, I adore you. Enlighten, guide, strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that you permit to happen to me, only show me what is your will. Amen.

Another I enjoy and use is from Pope St. Pius x:

Divine Spirit of light and love I consecrate my mind and heart and will to you for time and for eternity. My may mind be open to your divine inspirations and to the teachings of the Church, whose infallible guide you are. May my heart be filled with love of God and of my neighbor and my will conformed to the will of God. May my whole life be a faithful imitation of the life and virtues of Christ our Lord to whom, with the Father and You, be honor and glory forever. Amen.

These prayers I have prayed for years and they are very reverent and meaningful. However, a new type of praying, an ordinary and just-plain-homey method has come to me. So, along with these special prayers I now, have begun to speak conversationally with the Holy Spirit.

Good Morning, Holy Spirit. Thank you for being here with me as I wake up. You know, I really need you today. I need your friendship and protection and your guidance. I want to be worshipful and loving to you and also fully obedient to you this day. I cannot do without you. I want my heart and my imagination to be a lovely and welcoming place for you to dwell today. My heart a nest of love for you. I love you Holy Spirit.

I am seeing that there is place for my ad-lib comments to express my heart conversations to the Holy Spirit. I want to dance in His love, to welcome Him into my journey, my struggles, my pain. He is my journey. He is my hope. My victory. My salvation.

Breath of God, wash over me. You are my eternal hope and my love. You are the glow of the face of God. I love you.

~Louis Templeman

Louis writes from Jacksonville, Florida where he lives with his old friend and wonderful bride, Joy. They transformed their friendship into the sacrament of marriage on August 30, 2012. They share their home with two self-absorbed, playful, twin cats (Flo and Jet) and one very allusive and arrogant cat named D.

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