LongingNew Every Morning | February 4, 2022
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
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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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I am still trying to strengthen my legs and walk without the assistance of a walker. My head is still fuzzy at times and I am so tired. The many doctors and multiple tests did not determine a cause. I am able to eat better and pray that this continues.
Prayers for Ally and her sister as they fight for access to their parents’ home. Prayerss for Robert’s friends who are experiencing illness and loss.
There might have been a time when I either had a longing for or noticed an absence of God, but now knowing of God’s ever presence, Psalm 139, that is no longer the case. It has been snowing through the night and it’s still going, expected to stop around 6 pm. It’s very white outside. Had a nice FT with my granddaughters and daughter and saw their cat, a lynnx ragdoll. Prayers for Jeremy and Roger, pets are very precious and I hope for the best. Prayers for health, safety, and well-being for Julie, Ally&David. Will be attending my first ever FB funeral tomorrow, a ZOOM friend passed away. Blair Smith was a lively, interesting friend. He and his wife Joann were about to come to NH.
God is with everyone always, thank You, Lord.
Per the Psalms, I have numbered and thirsted for God. There have been times I longed for God’s presence, knowing God was near, but not feeling God. In times of trouble, I sing. The gospel hymns I grew up with, the hymns of Wesley I grew up with, the great hymns of the church. These help me feel God’s nearness. Julie, prayers continue for your recovery and that Drs. find the answers you need. Robert, I’m sorry for the loss of your friend. Thankful for your FT family visit. Jill, praying you get some needed rest and for little roger. Praying regarding the sale of Larry’s condo. Thanks to you all for your prayers about our situation regarding our parents’ house. We have hope.
The beginning of Psalm 63 speaks of seeking God, thirsting for Him from the soul, flesh fainting for Him. I desire to have this passion through the ordinariness of life. Surely in times of struggle, I will call out to Him more frequently. But, as ordinary day bleeds into ordinary day – do I have that zestful hunger to be in His presence?
The snow has just about stopped and the plows came through about an hour ago. I was out shoveling my driveway. It was much harder as there is no place to put the snow. Especially at the end of the driveway – with all the plowed snow from the street. But – I stuck with it. I know I will be hurting tomorrow. But – it is done, and I will be able to get out of my driveway for my activities tomorrow.
After being leisurely yesterday, I have been working on schoolwork pretty consistently today. Did a zoom with a student to get in some extra practice. My hairdresser, who lives in my neighborhood is supposed to be stopping by to trim me up.
Things may be moving in a positive direction as far as dad’s condo goes. The couple from AZ who is interested in buying it has their place in AZ up for sale. Dominoes should begin falling once their place sells. Dad leaves for Florida on Monday.