Holy Spirit, fill me

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O Holy Spirit of God
Come into my heart and fill me:
I open the windows of my soul to let You in.
I surrender my whole life to You:
Come and possess me, fill me with light and truth.
I offer to You the one thing I really possess:
My capacity for being filled by You.
Of myself I am an unprofitable servant, an empty vessel.
Fill me so that I may live the life of the Spirit,
The life of Truth and Goodness;
the life of Beauty and Love,
the life of Wisdom and Strength.

And guide me today in all things:
Guide me to the people I should meet or help;
To the circumstances in which I can best serve God,
Whether by my action, or by my sufferings.
But, above all, make Christ to be formed in me,
That I may dethrone self in my heart and make Him King.
Bind and cement me to Christ by all Your ways known and unknown:
By holy thoughts, and unseen graces, and sacramental ties,
So that He is in me, and I in Him, today, and for ever.

WJ Carey, Bishop of Bloemfontein, South Africa, 1920’s
source slightly modified

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And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

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