Each time we pray with the Word of God, we enter that prayerful experience from the place where we stand, the place of our consciousness and awareness. This may explain why I’m noticing for the first time this phrase from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians. During the days of the pandemic, when practicing social distancing became an act of love and care for both myself and others, I’ve felt a deep yearning to gather with the people I love, to hug them, to bask in their presence and welcoming embrace. That is what I long for and wait for.
When it comes to longing, some spiritual teachers say that the longing we feel for the Holy One is actually God’s deep longing for us and in us: God’s longing, night and day. Forever and ever. Beyond measure.
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