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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

“My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.” (Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9)

Have you ever longed for or felt desperate for God’s presence, forgiveness or love in your life? “The soul that thirsts after God is satisfied.” I know many can probably relate to seasons of dryness in their prayer life. Whether we are “too busy to pray,” “too busy to thank and give praise” or “too busy to turn to God first” for all needs, we should long for our Lord in all circumstances, good and bad. We must desire and maintain a close, intimate relationship with our Lord to always be near Him.

It is easy to only turn to Him in times of desperation, but it is beneficial to be aware of His presence continually. There is no greater refreshment than the love and grace our Lord provides to us each day, whether we realize it or not. More time with God equals more spiritual growth and peace! If you feel our world is in a spiritual drought, you need to remain thirsty for His love and forgiveness to get through fear, temptation, celebrations and each passing day.

Ever-faithful Lord,

continually make Your presence known in every circumstance.

I long to know Your love and will continually turn to You at all times.

I need You. I see You, honor and benefit from You.

Gather my shame. Take me in Your loving arms, and give me continual peace.

In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Megan Bartel
Pharmacy, Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

JEREMIAH 20:7-9 • PSALM PS 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 • ROMANS 12:1-2 •MATTHEW 16:21-27

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