The thought behind the photo:
Holy Spirit, Truth Divine, dawn upon this soul of mine;
Word of God and inward light, wake my spirit, clear my sight.
Holy Spirit, Love divine, glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire; perish self in thy pure fire.
Holy Spirit, Power divine, fill and nerve this will of mine;
Grant that I may strongly live, bravely bear, and nobly strive.
Holy Spirit, Right divine, King within my conscience reign;
Be my Lord, and I shall be firmly bound, forever free.
– Samuel Longfellow
SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 2:1-11 NRSV
My child, if you accept my words and treasure up my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; if you indeed cry out for insight, and raise your voice for understanding; if you seek it like silver, and search for it as for hidden treasures— then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk blamelessly, guarding the paths of justice and preserving the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; prudence will watch over you; and understanding will guard you.
The December 8, 2013 devotion from http://umrethinkchurch.tumblr.com
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 11:1-2, The Message
A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stump
From his roots a budding Branch
The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him
The Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding
The Spirit that gives direction and builds strength
The Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God
Where have you seen hope spring up in unexpected places? This day, watch for the life-giving breath of God in your midst, that brings wisdom and understanding.
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