Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Today’s text

Psalm 63:1

O God, you are my God, I seek you,
   my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
   as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.


It is not water for which I pray, O Lord. It is for you.

You are the water of life, the freshening coolness I crave when the way is unclear, when my efforts teeter at the edge of failure and the goodness I would grasp slips through my fingers.

You are the comfort that moistens my withered heart and makes it large again. You make rivers of hope spring up in me, so that my heart expands and I know all is well, and everything will find its place.

Your gentle love quenches my parched heart, worried and wasted by fear and doubt, by the melancholy and pessimism that comes so easily to me.

You come with living water that cools my fevered mind and saves my heart from death. You wash away the sadness of this dry soul, restoring that smile of joy and anticipation, the smile of knowing that love abides and always will.

You lift my heart from gloomy despondence into lightness of being so that I rise into my better self, a soul of grace and joy as I know you in my depths.

There are moments I want to disappear. My heart gets so lost in sadness and disappointment. I despair of happiness and wonder if I have or can give anything of value.

I thirst, O Lord, for this confused heart to be known and to know the joy of communion with other souls who know and love you.

You find me each time my soul withers. You tilt back my head and pour waters of life and joy, hope and peace, love and lightness from your inexhaustible heart into my own, and I live once more.

Until the next time thirst chokes life from my heart. And it always does, sooner or later.

Still, I will not despair but live. I will not grow weary or faint. I will not sink beneath my sadness. I walk with joy into each new day knowing the cooling freshness of your love will find me each time I get lost.

Music of your gentle heart will reach my ear, beauty will appear before my tired eyes, smiles will shine on this heart of mine, and I will drink from that stream of life and love that never runs dry.

I will taste the wonder of your love that has always found me through the years, and with a full heart I will sing with joy, thanking you finding me … once more

Pr. David L. Miller

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your words.Yesterday I felt this hope after feeling so depressed. May I continue to feel this hope of God's Presence -for those I love.I give thanks for the smiles and hugs -a feeling of belonging at St. Timothy. Your words express it well. I thank God.