O God, how I long for moments like these:
Moments when heaven opens up.
Moments when the Spirit descends like a dove.
Moments when I clearly hear Your voice of affirmation, “You are my child, whom I love, in whom I am well pleased”
O God, thank you for moments like these. How I would love to stay in the warmth of its rays.
O God, how I dread and flee from moments like these:
Moments when the Spirit leads to the desert.
Moments of tempting and testing.
Moments of hunger and thirst; of emptiness of all but Your resource alone.
O Christ, strengthen and support me in moments like these. Sustain me in my weakness that I may stand with you through the testings and temptings. Send the devil away defeated and may your angels attend me in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.