Breathe

November 26, 2012

Today’s Reflection

AND THE WELL runs dry. It’s one of the most common experiences in the spiritual life. A practice that we have cherished, a habit that has deepened us and drawn us closer to God, a discipline that we perhaps have engaged in for years no longer seems to work. …

Pondering the questions that lie at the bottom of a dry well offers a journey of its own. What I know is this: to find the answers, we have to pay attention to the dryness. This is a desert place. As uncomfortable as it may be, there is no substitute for these desert places in the spiritual life. They offer a wisdom that we cannot get any other way.

BLESSING
When the well goes dry, listen.
Sit by it, your ear pressed to its rim.
Hear the empty and the hollow of it.
Let be. Let be.
When finally you hear your breath
echo back to you,
let this sound be your first prayer.
Where there is breath,
there is water somewhere.
Breathe./p>

- Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women

From page 132 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What do you do when your spiritual well runs dry? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

33:14 The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.
Jeremiah 33:14 NRSV

This Week: pray for those who struggle to forgive. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Joy November 26, 2012 at 1:56 am

When the spiritual well runs dry, we need to Repent, Rest on God,Be Quiet, and Trust God. ISAIAH. 30: 15 and ISAIAH 40:31

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Jill November 26, 2012 at 3:45 am

Cry out to God. He hears, even though He may not present Himself in the way that we desire. He knows we need the experience. For me, it has been a call to come back to Him, to recognize how my priorities have gotten out of whack, and to desire Him most.

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robert moeller November 26, 2012 at 5:48 am

Don’t give up, God doesn’t. Be patient and pray. Job went through a terrible time but kept the faith and all turned out well. Stick with God and you will be fine.

Lord, teach all of us how to forgive as you forgive us. In your prayer we are told to forgive others as we have been forgiven. Be with each one of us who needs to forgive. Let us remember Christ’s words on the cross, “Forgive them for they know not what they do.” In Jesus name I pray. Amen

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Connie November 26, 2012 at 6:46 am

When my well runs dry….and it does quite often….I ask God to help me re-focus. When I feel too tired and upset to pray with any real concentration, I ask others to pray for me. Soon the living water flows again and washes away the cobwebs. I also revisit the posts of others and draw strength from their thoughts and comments. God always makes a way for us. My Savior, my friend, my Redeemer, my all-in-all!

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heidi November 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

Seek fresh water. We get “stuck”sometimes in a favorite way of reading or praying. But there are so many ways God speaks– if we just open our ears to listen.

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