“I THINK I’M ADDICTED TO LONGING,” my friend Daniel once said to me. We talk about longing from time to time, how we are drawn to it, how it fuels us. …
Desire can offer clues to God’s longing for our lives. Yet I’ve known the times when it has provided less of a map than a dwelling, a residence, a space where I have invited my longings in, entertained them lavishly, fed them well, and wound up being consumed in return. . . .
That’s why it’s crucial to learn to pray with our desires, to sit with what we think we want. Longing bids us to a kind of lectio [sacred reading/hearing of the scriptures] in which we approach our desire as a sacred text, that we may discern where God is stirring within it and what God desires for us.
– Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women
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