January 18

Reflection

There is a longing that burns at the root of spiritual practice. This is the fire that fuels your journey. The romantic suffering you pretend to have grown out of, that remains coiled like a serpent beneath the veneer of maturity. You have studied the sacred texts. You know that separation from your divine source is an illusion. You subscribe to the philosophy that there is nowhere to go and nothing to attain, because you are already there and you already possess it. But what about this yearning?…  The longing is your recognition of the deepest truth that God is love and that this is all you want. Every lesser desire melts when it comes near that flame.
Mirabai Starr

Prayer

As a deer longs for flowing streams, so my soul longs for you, O God.
Psalm 42:1-6

Action

Take time to stop and pay attention to the desires of your own spiritual journey.

Suggested Reading

For you are my hope, my trust, O God, from my youth.
Psalm 71:5

God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5

Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul.
Mahatma Gandhi

The soul must long for God in order to be set aflame by God’s love; but if the soul cannot yet feel the longing, then it must long for the longing. To long for the longing is also from God.
Meister Eckhart

Spirituality is man’s conscious longing for God.
Sri Chinmoy 

This essential energy of the soul is not an ecstatic trance, high emotion or a sanguine stance toward life: It is a fierce longing for God, an unyielding resolve to live in and out of our belovedness.
Brennan Manning

In the middle of our longings we discover the footprints of the one who has created them. It is in the faithful waiting for the loved one that we know how much he has filled our lives already.
Henri Nouwen

When we were given the capacity to love, to speak, to decide, to dream, to hope and create and suffer, we were also given the longing to be known by the One who most wants to be completely known. It is a longing woven into the very fabric of the image in which we were made.
Robert Benson

The desire to find God and to see God and to love God is the one thing that matters.
Thomas Merton

 

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