Joyce Rupp’s writing has been immensely nourishing for me and this post in her most recent newsletter seems most apt for the week of Pentecost. I sometimes pray for whatever fruit I feel I need most on a particular day, this reminds me that I need to do that more often.
Activating the Fruits of the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.
Come, Spirit, assure us that the turbulent animosity and violence of this era can be lessened when we choose to express your love
in all we are and all we do.
Come, Spirit, plant an emergent joy in the hearts of those who
seek relief from the despondency of drug dependency and thoughts of suicide.
Come, Spirit, weave your peace through leaders of nations whose governance supports and encourages domination and superiority over other human beings.
Come, Spirit, slow us down when we lack patience to be with those persons whose pain and sorrow would benefit from our compassionate presence.
Come, Spirit, soothe our soreness of mind and heart with surprising touches of kindness that restore our ability to be
caring and considerate of others.
Come, Spirit, open our hands and hearts to go beyond a fear of scarcity, to share generously from what might be of assistance to those in need.
Come, Spirit, draw back home to faithfulness anyone who has strayed from vowed commitment and become lost in the illusion of self-centeredness.
Come, Spirit, awaken those who consider gentleness of heart as a weakness; help them see how this virtue reflects your grace-filled, transforming strength.
Come, Spirit, tame our sanctimonious voices with self-control when we get caught in judgmental opinions filled with haughty condemnation.
Rushing Breath of Love, you came into the Upper Room of the disciples long ago, calming their fears, encouraging their vision, and enlivening their ability to be people of valor, compassion and healing.
You come into the Inner Room of our lives today, offering us this same transforming love. Open what is closed within us. Breathe renewed confidence into our fatigued spirits. Send us forth with a passionate desire to be conveyors of your goodness, messengers of unconditional love by the way we think, speak and act. Amen.