Note: As a personal, spiritual discipline, I write a prayer for each of the forty days of Lent; each petition focusing on a theme, truly, relating to a care or concern weighing on my mind and heart, at times, vexing my soul and spirit…
On daily recreation: O God of Compassion, through Your Spirit, renew, refashion my inner being entire – my mind and heart and soul and spirit – e’er to form an open, upturned hand, ne’er a hardened, fastened fist. So this day, yea, daily remake me that I alway am ready to receive the manifold gifts of Your sustaining grace. Amen.
 Here, I have in mind 2 Corinthians 4.16b (my emphasis): The Apostle Paul writes: Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. While his primary point, as I interpret it, addresses the hardships of his ministry of the gospel and the physical sufferings involved, I rejoice in his discernment of being renewed daily by the Holy Spirit. This, for me, bespeaks the Holy Spirit’s continuous sanctifying work in the life of the follower of Jesus. To put this another way, the Holy Spirit, when serving as God’s indwelling presence and power, is not bestowed (does not come) once upon a time or once within the life of the believer, but rather every day, all day!
 Today, after a yesterday and last night and into this early morning of stormy, thunderous, windswept skies barreling across the Southeast and into South Carolina, I awoke from fitful sleep with these words arising from my depths. Upon my instant reflection, truly, they are a reprise, another facet or expression of a-Lenten-prayer-a-day, day 31, Wednesday, April 5, 2017, On praying without ceasing.