Advent Daybook, 17: My soul thirsts for God

My Advent daybook for these 24 days of waiting. Join me, won't you? (see previous Advent daybook 2016 posts here)

white fallow stag in a switzerland forest  ( source )

white fallow stag in a switzerland forest  (source)

I Wonder as I Wander by Benjamin Britten (lyrics here)

all readings for this day:  Psalm 42; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Jude 17-25

As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and appear before God?
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while they say to me all the day long,
“Where is your God?”
— Psalm 42:1-3 (ESV)

prayer for the day:

Lord our God, as the deer pants for refreshing water, so our souls long for you, O God. Our souls thirst for you, for the living God. We stand in your presence and pour out our hearts to you. We bring before you everything that is painful to us, all our suffering and needs. We also bring you all our hopes and the many proofs you have given us that our lives need not go to ruin but can be directed to greater things. May the light of your Spirit shine on us today and always. Amen.
— Evening Prayers: For Every Day of the Year by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt


Call a faraway relative to say hello.

(see all Advent daybook posts from 2015 here)