Holy Spirit, In Me

Affirming The Classics: Holy Spirit, Hear Us – W. H. Parker

Holy Spirit, in me
Infusing as I sing
Breathes into the music
United joy, I bring

Holy Spirit, joins me
Linking when I pray
Always there to teach me
Love, always the way

Holy Spirit, shines on
All I see, and read
Opening my Heart to
The compassion I need

Holy Spirit, lifts me
So that I now find
My way to be like Jesus
Gentle, pure and kind

Holy Spirit, guides me
With pure Divine Light
My true Path is clearer
Using my Source sight

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

Another hymn to add to my Affirming The Classics collection where I take old inspirational poems and hymns and update the words to make them more positive and into affirmations. I didn’t know of this hymn, but came across it while looking for another one.

Here is the original hymn…

Holy Spirit, hear us
Help us while we sing
Breathe into the music
Of the praise we bring

Holy Spirit, prompt us
When we kneel to pray
Nearer come, and teach us
What we ought to say

Holy Spirit, shine thou
On the book we read
Gild its holy pages
With the light we need

Holy Spirit, give us
Each a lowly mind
Make us more like Jesus
Gentle, pure and kind

Holy Spirit, help us
Daily by thy might
What is wrong to conquer
And to choose the right

W. H. Parker 1845 – 1929

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I Walk In The Light

Affirming The Classics: Walk In The Light, So Shalt Thou Know – Bernard Barton

I walk in The Light, as I know
The fellowship of Love
God’s Spirit is a part of me
And flows from Light above

I walk in The Light, and I find
My Heart melding with His
I Am enshrined in the Pure Light
In me, no darkness is

I walk in The Light, even death
I embrace, as I share
The Joy, the Love, the Light, the Truth
And Christ awaits me there

I walk in The Light, the Love way
My unknown Path glows bright
God exists in the Heart of me
And God Himself is Light

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

I did not know of this hymn, but came across it when looking for another one. I was surprised at how positive it was for being written so long ago. So it didn’t need much tweaking to turn it into an Affirmation for my series of Affirming The Classics.

Here is the original…

Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow
Who reigns in light above

Walk in the light; and thou shalt find
Thy heart made truly His
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined
In whom no darkness is

Walk in the light; and e’en the tomb
No fearful shade shall wear
Glory shall chase away its gloom
For Christ has conquered there

Walk in the light: and thine shall be
No thornless path, but bright
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee
And God Himself is Light

Bernard Barton 1784 – 1849

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The Lord’s My True Guide

Affirming The Classics: The Lord’s My Shepherd – Scottish Psalter/psalm 23

The Lord’s my true Guide, All-That-Is
He respects my free-will
Now that I follow, in His way
In Loving Peace, I’m still

My Soul, it is aligned with Him
Rejoicing as I take
Steps on the Path of Pure Love
As footsteps of Light I make

As I walk towards my life’s end
I feel only the Bliss
For I am never alone, His Love
Is comfort, I never need miss

My life is abundantly Blessed
In truth, I have no foes
Every Soul is Heavenly sent
My Pure Compassion overflows

Goodness, Love and Light, all my life
Are always there for me
God is in me, for evermore
I live to express this, to Be

Trina Graves – 16th October 2019


About This Poem

The Lord’s My Shepherd is one of the most famous hymns known, and often sung, by many people, so it was an obvious choice for me to update in my series of Affirming The Classics.

My aim with this series is to update the old favourites and turn them into Affirmations. The originals were beautiful and inspirational for their time, but now many of us are coming to the understanding that God/Source/All-That-Is (or whatever name you prefer to use) is a part of us, and we can claim our Divinity to bring a United Light and Love to this world. 

When I am Affirming hymns I always do my best to keep the syllables to the same number as the original so that they can be sung easily to the well-known tunes. This hymn is so often sang, so I especially made sure it matched!

The original hymn…

The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by

My Soul he doth restore again
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness
E’en for his own name’s sake

Yea, though I walk in deaths dark vale
Yet will I feel no ill
For thou art with me, and thy rod
And staff me comfort still

My table thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes
My head thou dost with oil anoint
And my cup overflows

Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me
And in God’s house for evermore
My dwelling place shall be

Scottish Psalter 1650

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I Breathe The Breath Of God

Affirming The Classics: Breathe On Me Breathe Of God (hymn)
by Edwin Hatch

I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am filled with life anew
I Am unconditional love
I do what God would do

I breathe the Breath Of God
My heart is open and pure
I am aligned with God
Now and forever more

I breathe the Breath Of God
I Am a spark of the Divine
This Earthly part of me
Glows as God’s Essence is mine

I breathe the Breath Of God
Through all eternity
I know I shall never die
My Soul is God as me

Trina Graves – 8th February 2019


About This Poem

In the mid-nineties I began to go to various Christian Spiritualist Churches in Oxfordshire. I have mainly gone only occasionally, apart from a few years in the nineties.

The reasons I enjoyed going were:

  • I received an abundance of evidence of life after death. Especially amazing were the many things I was told that I did not know, or had no meaning to me, but later when I spoke to my parents, they would confirm them to be true.
  • I was given many messages that helped me, and because of the undeniable truth of the descriptions given of some of the people on the other side, I followed the advice given which has shaped my path.
  • I found it intriguing to see how different mediums worked and what they had to say, especially in their ‘address’ – a talk before sharing their gift with the congregation.
  • I felt the power of unity and faith when silent prayers of healing were offered to where there were needed.
  • I felt the joy and upliftment from singing positive hymns and songs with others – often with no music.

I didn’t know this hymn before going to Spiritualist Church, but it soon became one of my favourites! As you can see from the original hymn (below) the words were already positive – one of the reasons why I love it. So, I just made it more of an ‘Affirmation.’

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Fill me with life anew
That I may love what Thou dost love
And do what Thou wouldst do

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Until my heart is pure
Until my will is one with Thine
To do and to endure

Breathe on me, Breath of God
Till I am wholly Thine
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with Thy fire divine

Breathe on me, Breath of God
So shall I never die
But live with Thee the perfect life
Of Thine eternity
Edwin Hatch 1835 – 1889

I have a link page, if you would like to read more poems in my Affirming The Classics series.

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