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 "Veni Sancti Spiritus"by  Adam Kossowski, in the  Vanderbilt University Divinity Library.
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Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;

    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
(Psalm 139:7-8)

In this beautiful Psalm, loved by so many people for so many reasons, the psalmist resets our understanding about God.  Over and again, in the opening verses of the Psalm, the poet tells about the wonders of God. And one of the wonderful things they tell us is that God's Spirit is so all-encompassing that we cannot find a place where God's Spirit is not already present.

This is a reminder to stop limiting God.  Our tendency is to think we can fit the Holy Spirit into our lives, our plans, our needs, our situations.  This psalm invites us to follow the Spirit where she is already at work, and see how she wants to involve us in her work.

Prayer: Come, Holy Spirit! You invite me to come into your world, and not the other way around!


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