August 26, 2021
Expressions of Longing
Night and day we pray beyond measure to see you in person…
1 Thessalonians 3:10

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.

Holy One, may we recognize you in everyone we encounter today.

- Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

1 Thessalonians 3:7-13 • Psalm 90:3-5, 12-14, 17 Matthew 24:42-51


August 26, 2021 at 09:41 PM

Dear Lord, hear our cries and our broken hearts over the lost of our brave soldiers in the military today in Afghanistan defending and protecting us! Losing a loved one is never easy and they are irreplaceable :-( However, I find comfort in knowing that the last enemy to be destroyed is death! Death cannot defeat us because You, Lord Jesus, has defeated death on the cross :-) Lord God, I rejoice knowing that we will be reunited with our loved ones one day! I give You praise for the family members finding peace in You, Amen! (1 Corinthians 15:25-26, “He (Jesus) must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”) You are faithful and You strengthen and protect our military and people, Your people, in Afghanistan! I pray that the pain and sadness that the family members feel will not consume them as in the burning bush! Lord, have Your way with us in our minds and emotions. I pray that even when it hurts, we continue to praise You for You are our awesome God! Amen! (1 Thessalonians 3:2b-3, “in God’s service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith, so that no one would be unsettled by these trials. For you know quite well that we are destined for them.” Holy Spirit, come! Holy Spirit come and intercede for us! Amen!

August 26, 2021 at 09:05 PM

Dear Lord, I pray to have the wisdom to understand the emptiness I feel is the echo of my strong desire to know you and be one with you. May you continue to make yourself known to me through the Eucharist and the people I encounter on my daily journey.

August 26, 2021 at 05:21 PM

Thank you for this devotion, Sr. Chris. Let us all recognize God in the cashier at checkout, the neighbor with packages they're struggling with, the person on the corner with the sign, the mom with the fussy baby at the restaurant. God drops in on us in various ways. Let's be on the look out for him today. To those in need of prayers today you are in mine.

August 26, 2021 at 11:31 AM


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August 26, 2021 at 07:22 AM

Heavenly Father God, I love You Let Your Will be done with everything.


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