By Rev. Val Kenyon
No doubt we have all heard this hymn written by Edwin Hatch, who was an Anglican priest and scholar both in England and here in Canada.
While written many years ago, it is a timeless meditation on the Gospel reading from John 3:3-8, where Jesus addresses the questions of Nicodemus, a Pharisee who has come to him wanting to learn more. At its essence Jesus sets out that the way into the kingdom of God is through water and the Spirit.
In response to this, Rev’d Hatch’s song is an appeal to that very same Spirit asking that as we pause to come before God we may be filled, renewed, able to reorder priorities, purified, and directed in all that we do. How appropriate this appeal seems for us as we enter this season of Lent, a time in which we are also called to intentionally pause to remember and to prepare for the celebration of our redemption through the death and resurrection of Christ.
So, breathe on us breath of God, fill us with life anew, that we may love what you love, and do what you would do. As we give ourselves to prayer in this season, may that be our prayer, our hope and our anticipation.
To support you in your prayer, as in previous years, you are again invited to follow the Lent 2018: 15 Minutes With God in Prayer in booklet form at:
Or in scroll down version at:
Copies have also been distributed to parishes in Huron. Please speak to your rector is you would like one.
Rev. Val Kenyon is AFP Diocesan representative.