O God the Holy Spirit, Thou who proceeds from the Father and the Son, have mercy on me.

When you did first hover over chaos, order came to birth, beauty robed the world, fruitfulness sprang forth.

Move, I pray thee, upon my disordered heart;

Take away the infirmities of unruly desires and hateful lusts;

Lift the mists and darkness of unbelief;

Brighten my soul with the pure light of truth;

Make it fragrant as the garden of paradise, rich with every goodly fruit, beautiful with heavenly grace, radiant with rays of divine light.

Fulfill in me the glory of your divine offices;

Be my comforter, light, guide, sanctifier;

Take the things of Christ and show them to my soul;

Through thee may I daily learn more of his love, grace, compassion, faithfulness, beauty;

Lead me to the cross and show me his wounds, the hateful nature of evil, the power of Satan;

May I there see my sins as the nails that transfixed him, the cords that bound him, the thorns that tore him, the sword that pierced him.

Help me to find in his death the reality and immensity of his love.

Open for me the wondrous volumes of truth in his, ‘It is finished.’

Increase my faith in the clear knowledge of atonement achieved, satisfaction made, guilt done away, my debt paid, my sins forgiven, my person redeemed, my soul saved, hell vanquished, heaven opened, eternity made mine.

O Holy Spirit, deepen in me these saving lessons.

Write them upon my heart, that my walk be sin-loathing, sin-fleeing, Christ-loving;

And suffer no devil’s device to beguile or deceive me.

Valley of Vision, pages 56-57

I first read this prayer on March 13, 2010 with my beloved. I still know in part, Thomas R now knows in full. He no longer has to imagine. My imagination would only lead me astray. But my prayer this day is to wrap myself in this prayer. Counting on the Holy Spirit to see it to fruition in my life. And in yours. Especially those He lets me walk with in this journey of grace and truth. May we walk well until that day we too will look full in His Wonderful Face. I do imagine my beloved will be there in that moment.

June 1, 1934 to June 24, 2020