Advent Reflection: Keeping Watch, Acknowledge Your Thirst

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As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.  My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?  (Psalm 42:1,2. The Book of Common Prayer, p.643).

They say that the first step towards fixing something is to admit that it is broken.  The first thing to do when we need something, is to ask for it.

Every time we find ourselves empty and missing something, even when we are with someone we love very deeply; that emptiness is saying something to us.  There is that something that is there by which we do not feel complete or satisfied.  It is a thirst deep within ourselves for the Living God.  That thirst wants more than anything this world can possibly give us.  It grows weary of all the cheap imitations for gratification found in material things, fame, wealth and/or power.  Billy Joel sang of this emptiness in the words, “you wake up with yourself.”

This longing in our hearts is also the longing of God for us.  God wants more than anything to satisfy our deep inner longing for God’s Self.  The desire itself is there by God’s initiative. All the longing in our souls for God, is God’s deepest desire for us to satisfy that urgency through God alone.  Such a desire can be satisfied by allowing God to fill that space with the Holy Spirit so that God takes up residence and we know that all other things pale in comparison to such wonderful love, grace and hope.

Let us keep watch for Jesus to come and give us that living water of God for which we thirst.  May we find our thirsts quenched, because God allowed us to drink of God’s Goodness that is always flowing and never ending.

Amen.

Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB

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