My Soul Thirsts For You


When the Psalmist sings, “My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land…Because Your loving kindness is better than life.”…
…I think of the woman at the well, the shame of five failed marriages, an outcast in her own village, soul parched and empty, going back to tell them about this amazing Savior she had met, transformed by his gentleness and grace, declaring that His kindness is better than life.

When God speaks through the weeping prophet Jeremiah, “Come home to me again, for I am merciful.”…
…I think of the Prodigal son, ashamed of his past, hopeless in his present and fearful of his future, sitting at the banquet table that was set for his return, overwhelmed by his father’s unreasonable mercy.

When Jesus says, “I knock on the door of your heart, and if you open it, I will come in and have a meal with you.”…
…I think about Zaccheaus, insecure, empty, shallow, crooked, betrayer of his own people, sliding down the lookout tree as fast as he could, generosity springing forth out of his bones, going home to have dinner with the God of undeserved gifts.

When Solomon writes, “Come now my love, my lovely one, come.”…
…I think of the woman, ashamed of her past, tears in her eyes, anointing the feet of the one who did not judge her.
And while the religious voyeurs are scoffing and condemning, hearts of stone, the son of man, looks deep in her eyes, and for the first time, there is a man who does not want to take something from her but wants to give her everlasting worth.

When the prophet Jeremiah declares, “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord, ‘because you are called an outcast.”…
…I think of 10 men, full of sores, untouchable, being touched by Emanuel, God with us, no longer exiled, future renewed, dignity restored. Strangely, only one comes back to thank him.

When I read in St. Matthew that, “he healed every kind of disease and illness.”…
…I think of the woman, twelve years searching, bleeding from childbirth, finding no answers, fighting the crowd, ignoring the rebukes, stretching as far as she could to touch the remnant of her healer, and with one last chance, she feels his spirit flow through and her body is whole.

When we are taught to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”…
…I think of that same gentleness and grace, that same unreasonable mercy, those same undeserved gifts, that same everlasting worth and that same healing power that is available to every broken, rebellious, wayward, ailing, greedy, lust filled, wronged and mistreated person today.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

When I think about who we have given our life to, the only thing I can say is, “Go out and love someone.”

3 thoughts on “My Soul Thirsts For You

  1. Thank you Ken! Beautiful and DEFINATELY inspiring. What the world needs now is Love, Sweet, Love. And we have it if we open the door.

  2. Amen! When I think about the Lord, how He saved me, how He raised me, how He filled me up with the Holy Ghost, how He healed me to the uttermost! When I think about the Lord, how He picked me up and turned me around, how He placed my feet on solid ground, It makes me want to shout, “Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus. Lord, You’re worthy of all of the glory and all of the honor and all of the praise!”

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful, uplifting reminder of the glorious love of our Lord and Savior!

    In Christ’s love,

  3. with so much heartbreak with Boston, the explosion in Texas and the earthquake in China, there has been so much pain and fear and confusion of whats happening in the world. this is a breath of fresh air and positive reinforcement. so badly needed. Thank you for your beautiful thoughts!! With Our loving Father there is always hope that love will win in the end. God Bless You

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