Waving my White Flag
I have been asked to share a few words about my life with the Holy Spirit. As I sit down at my keyboard, I have no beginning, no content and no big finish. It looks like the Holy Spirit has His work cut out for him. I am waving the White Flag.
As I prayed with our Novena to Honor the Holy Spirit this morning, I asked for the words to help my fellow parishioner’s on their faith journeys and inspire them. I feel called to reflect on the words of this great novena.
The first day asks the Holy Spirit to send upon us The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, and the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety.
As I reflect on this first prayer, I am all smiles about the possibility of this type of gift for my life. Yet, I know I miss so many opportunities to let the Holy Spirit guide me. How quick am I to question the things God wants for my life but do I pray to understand? When someone comes to me for advice, how easily could I say a quick prayer requesting His assistance, yet fail to do so. I am waving the White Flag.
What strikes me about day two is the prayer to shun all things that can offend God. How much better could my day be in glorifying God if I prayed this prayer every morning? I think we all want to be better people in God’s eyes. This is well said in the day two prayer as “Make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Your Divine Majesty in heaven”. Could I live better each day if I kept this beautiful prayer at the top of my mind? I am waving the White Flag.
The third day asked for the gift of Piety. It sounds strange to me to recite a prayer asking for the Holy Spirit to possess my heart. Doesn’t He already? I think we all know the answer is yes but I am learning that we have to ask for His assistance and then the hard part, wait and trust. When you think about the burdens we put on ourselves trying to handle all of life’s issues, what comfort and peace we could have if we just gave it to God and knew He would totally handle it. I know I have made only small progress in this area. I have often told God that I give the issue to Him but then I allow the enemy to tell me I am on my own to figure it out and I take it back. I have so often heard others say that God does not give us what we can’t handle and I have repeated it. But it should be said that God gives us nothing He wants us to handle. He wants to handle all and wants us to desperately turn to Him with it all. It sounds peaceful just to say this, but can I live it? I am waving the White Flag.
So today is day four of the novena and the prayer is for the Gift of Fortitude. “Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in time of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.”
As per Webster’s dictionary, fortitude is mental strength and courage that allows someone to face pain or danger. Some of you are going through a very painful time, or someone close to you is. What a beautiful gift to pray for. “Uphold my soul in times of trouble.” These few words speak volumes to me. Not only as a prayer for myself but as a prayer for those around me.
Let us all wave our white flags. God, we don’t want to be in control. We need your help. We want to live for you. We want your peace, joy, and contentment. We desperately need your advocate. Amen.