Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Reed: Spirit divine

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
    After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
    —Acts 4:31 (NIV)
Spirit divine, attend our prayers.
    And make this house thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers;
    O come, great spirit, come!

Come as the light; to us reveal
    Our emptiness and woe;
And lead us in the paths of life
    Where all the righteous go.

Come as the wind: sweep clean away
    What dead within us lies,
And search and freshen all our souls
    With living energies.

Come as the fire: and purge our hearts
    Like sacrificial flame;
Let our whole soul as offering be
    To our Redeemer’s name.

Spirit divine, attend our prayers,
    Make a lost world thy home;
Descend with all thy gracious powers:
    O come, great Spirit, come!
    ... Andrew Reed (1787-1862), in 1829, included in Memoirs of the Life and Philanthropic Labours of Andrew Reed, D. D., comp. Andrew Reed, Charles Reed, London: Strahan & Co., 1863, p. 332 (see the book)
    See also Acts 4:31; 2 Chr. 5:14; Ezek. 39:29; Joel 2:28; Rom. 8:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your breath has shaken and cleansed my home.

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