Speak Lord: face-changing

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Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the Lord, my soul!
Lord God, how great you are,
How many are your works, O Lord!
The earth is full of your riches.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

You take back your spirit, they die,
returning to the dust from which they came.
You send forth your spirit, they are created;
and you renew the face of the earth.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the Lord last for ever!
May the Lord rejoice in his works!
May my thoughts be pleasing to him.
I find my joy in the Lord.

Send forth your spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.

Refashioning your face seems all the rage. And no longer is it something people are content to achieve through (more or less!) judicious use of cosmetics. Now slicing, stretching and filling are methods of preference. And the consequence so often seems to be to lose the authentic quality of the person, the ‘personality’ of the face.

When we call on the Lord to send forth the spirit and renew the face of the earth, what do we have in mind?

  • What work needs doing? Is it to build on nature or to trump nature?
  • Is it to reveal truth as yet hidden or to introduce something entirely new to the world?
  • What work do you need the Holy Spirit to help you with?
  • With which ‘work’ of the Spirit do you most wish to cooperate?

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