Yearning

Yearning

Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 42:2

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

So, how thirsty are you?

I think about how often we hear things like

  • I can’t wait to…
  • I’m dying to…
  • If it doesn’t happen, I don’t know what I’m going to do…

I especially here things like that on the lips of the young people in my congregation.

There is a hunger; a thirst for excitement; new experiences; drama – anything but, God forbid, something boring!

Come to think of it, maybe that’s why a lot of young people aren’t coming to church anymore.  Unless it offers flashy visual effects and an opportunity to text responses during worship – well, it doesn’t quite cut it.

But I’m showing my age.

So, let me get back on topic…

How thirsty are you?  Not just for drama – but for the living God?

The Psalmist wrote with not just anticipation, but passion, about that very possibility.

And when we can approach our faith with at least a little of that anticipatory passion – we open ourselves to a truly dramatic experience with our Maker.

Encountering God shouldn’t be something we do because we have to do it.  It shouldn’t be something we do out of routine, much less obligation.  And it certainly shouldn’t be, God forbid, boring.

So, how about it?  How thirsty are you?  Thirsty, that is, for encountering God in some fresh, new, dramatic way?

I hope you just can’t wait for a good, tall, drink of that.

Prayer: Lord, fill my heart with your loving guidance; fill my life with – you.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. “Elpis” is the Greek word for “expectant hope.” He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, and a member of Spiritual Directors International. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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