Today is the celebration of Ascension Day, when Jesus left the Earth via a trip through the sky. He promised to come back the same way.
He told us that it was good that He was leaving Earth. Because that meant that the Holy Spirit could come and live within us.
I have two traditions for this period between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday. The first is to say a novena … essentially to pray the same prayer every day for nine successive days. This year’s novena is immensely private, but you can pick from classic novenas or choose to write your own prayer.
The second tradition is to spend time meditating on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. You can do one per day if you would like. Here is the list:
- Fear of God
- Fruits of the Holy Spirit
There is so much to ponder on these gifts and fruits. I pray we all become more like the Holy Spirit in the next 10 days.
Here are some Bible verses to meditate on that discuss wisdom.
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