INTO THE WILDERNESS Spiritual Practice Week 5
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God? -Psalm 42
As we journey through the Lenten wilderness, we become more aware of our thirst. Our metaphorical object this week is a water purifier. It is important to be knowledgable about your water source as you quench your thirst in the wilderness. There can be harmful parasites in the water that may diminish your strength. Differing terrain also plays a role in the need to purify water. For example, if you find yourself on the island this Lenten season, you will speed up dehydration if you do not separate out the salt. Purifying your water can separate out what is harmful to you and what will keep you healthy.
This can be a tedious task, especially if you are parched from a long day in the wilderness. It takes TIME to purify, and you must wait, without giving in to the lure of immediate gratification. In our spiritual lives, the lesson for us is to be patient in the process, as we are called to sort through what will bring us health and what may bring us harm.
Watch the video: “Thirsty”
Focusing on your own Lenten terrain, what do the words of this song mean to you?
We invite you to spend time in reflection and prayer:
1. In what ways do you thirst? What are sources do you rely on for quenching your spiritual thirst?
2. How are you being called to be patient? What do you need to take more time on or be more intentional about? What in your life needs to be “purified?”
Water is also an issue of justice and peace in our world today. There are several things you can do this week to increase in awareness and to respond.
- Watch the documentary FLOW (For Love of Water) that discusses the need for clean water around the globe.
- Use less water in your daily life. Cut down your shower time, turn the water off while brushing your teeth, pay attention to the amount of water you are using every day.
- Especially because some of us live close to the ocean, let’s be aware of how we can protect our waters. http://water.epa.gov
- Check out organizations that work to end water shortage and improve sanitation in impoverished areas. How can you give of your resources or get involved? http://www.endwaterpoverty.org