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Ember Longings

emberI don’t have much to say today.

Just a longing.

I would like to be sitting around a campfire somewhere with a stick so that I could poke at the embers and watch the sparks float toward the heavens as if they were the souls released from those stalwart brothers and sisters on their way home.

Other people would be welcome but I think I would just like to sit and stare into the soft glow of the dying fire for about 2 hours and 13 minutes with just the night sounds of the forest to keep my thoughts company.

Then maybe in that 14th minute of the 3rd hour I would be ready to throw some prayer darts at heaven in hopes that over the next couple of hours I could just sit there and wait on the Lord.

Matt Chandler mentioned Psalms 42 in a podcast that I was listening to today.  Its a great Psalm.  I would like to sit around the embers and just meditate on David’s mood, thoughts, questions, emotions, and life in the moment that he wrote these words:

1For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah.

As the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?

3 My tears have been my food
day and night,
while men say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

4 These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go with the multitude,
leading the procession to the house of God,
with shouts of joy and thanksgiving
among the festive throng.

5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and 6 my God.

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep
in the roar of your waterfalls;
all your waves and breakers
have swept over me.

8 By day the LORD directs his love,
at night his song is with me—
a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I say to God my Rock,
“Why have you forgotten me?
Why must I go about mourning,
oppressed by the enemy?”

10 My bones suffer mortal agony
as my foes taunt me,
saying to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”

11 Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.

No… I don’t have much to say today.

Just a longing.

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  1. May 9, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Those times of being able to just sit around a fire or a hearth and think or pray or just chat quietly seem to be so few and far between. Is it because I/we don’t thirst for God enough? Good post T.

    • May 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

      yeah… I wonder if we truly understand what David wrote about when he said he hungered or thirsted after God.

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