Reading and Prayer – May 23

Reading

John 14:15-18

“If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.

Prayer

We thank you, Father, for the gift of your Holy Spirit.

We thank you that through the work of the Holy Spirit, 

we can experience the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Thank you for giving us a love that loves the unlovely;

Thank you for giving us a joy in the face of sorrow, 

Thank you for giving us peace in the midst of chaos, 

Thank you for giving us patience when things don’t go our way, 

Thank you for giving us kindness 

when it is easier to just walk away, 

Thank you for giving us generosity to another 

in the face of our own endless needs, 

Thank you for giving us faithfulness when it is not convenient, 

Thank you for giving us gentleness 

when our first thought is anger, 

And thank you for giving us self-control when all around us 

people are losing theirs.  

Thank you for giving us a life worth living, 

thank you for giving us the chance 

to be a blessing to all with whom we share our lives.  

Amen.