The density or conciseness of poetry and hymnody is part of what makes it memorable and effective. But I’ve found that sometimes paraphrasing a hymn helps me “unpack” it and benefit from the full implications of the text. The following lines echoed in my head as I prepared for this coming Sunday…

[adapted from “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart,” George Croly (1780-1860)]

I’m not asking for a dream
or for new prophetic revelation.
I’m not asking you to remove my humanness with all its limitations;
I’m not asking to meet an angel or to have your Words blasted to me from an opening in the clouds:

I only ask that you remove the blindness of my soul and help me see your truth.

Spirit of God, have your way in my heart today.

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