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Songs of the Spirit 2021 poetry archive

In the weeks following Pentecost in 2021, I wrote a series of poems looking at the virtues described as the “fruit the spirit” in Galatians 5:22-23. (Technically, they are all one fruit.)

In each post, I offer short reflections on how I understand each word and focus particularly on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.

Photo by Sonika Agarwal on Unsplash


Picture looking up at the wooden ceiling of a church, with the image of a dove in the middle of a quadrangle. Text over the top: Air, fire, water, clay (a poem celebrating the Holy Spirit) Faith in Grey Places Air, fire, water, clay (a poem celebrating the Holy Spirit) May 23, 2021 - You are the Lord of sound and song, You hover upon the air and give us breath.
Woman pouring green tea from a glass teapot into glass jars, while her arm rests on a book. Text over the top: Songs of the Spirit: self-control Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: self-control (a poem) May 30, 2021 - Your bounty can never know excess, Overflow is a hallmark of your beauty.
Close up of an elephant touching its tusk with the tip of its trunk. Words: Songs of the Spirit: gentleness. Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: gentleness (a poem) June 6, 2021 - Blessed are the gentle For they shall inherit A world of thankfulness.
Close up inside the curl of a large crashing wave, with a smooth surface, lit by the sun. Words on top: Songs of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: faithfulness (a poem) June 13, 2021 - Like the tides that never cease, You remember your ancient promises
Close up image of a fresh fig cut in half on a wooden chopping board with walnut pieces. Words over the top: Songs of the Spirit: goodness, Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: goodness (a poem) June 20, 2021 - Make goodness the stuff that I’m made of, So all of my fruit may be sweet.
A cluster of shelled hazelnuts on a white surface. Text: Songs of the Spirit: kindness. Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: kindness (a poem) June 27, 2021 - You didn't have to, But you wanted to
Close up for an hourglass standing on pebbles titled slightly; the hourglass has a dark wooden frame with blue sand flowing through it. Words over the top: Songs of the Spirit: patience. Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: patience (a poem) July 4, 2021 - And yet you reside In those in-between times. Unwavering, unworn and unweary.
Close up of a white lily flower opening above water with the sun reflecting off the water and leaves. Text: Songs of the Spirit: peace. Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: peace (a poem) July 11, 2021 - Yours is a peace that gives rest. It does not wane or waver, It does not sleep or slumber.
Photo of a bride's face in a mirror. She wears a pearl pendant and looks to the side with a small smile on her face. Words over the top: Songs of the Spirit: joy. Faith in Grey Places Songs of the Spirit: joy (a poem) July 18, 2021 - You are the delight that never goes away. Each day, everyday, l appreciate you.
String of white paper hearts against a black background with the words: Songs of the Spirit: love Songs of the Spirit: love (a poem) July 25, 2021 - You give of yourself To save others. To save us. 
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