Whatever you do, don’t try to manufacture a longing. Don’t leave thinking you heard that you “should” long for God, and then try harder. A longing for God is not something you can produce; there’s no instructional YouTube video to show you how to get it right. If there were, the danger would be that you would succeed and show off your longing for God as something to be proud of, maybe something that someone—or better yet, God—would give you a special plaque for.
—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)
When have you noticed in yourself a longing for God or an absence of longing for God? How did you respond? Join the conversation.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
—Psalm 42:2, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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