Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call;
have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.
Your presence, O LORD, I seek.
Hide not your face from me;
do not in anger repel your servant.
You are my helper: cast me not off.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the LORD
in the land of the living.
Wait for the LORD with courage;
be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
My wife Kate and I are in our early 70s, and prudence dictates that we honor stay-at-home orders. Our nearest adult children and one of our grandchildren are about 40 miles away, the farthest, about 800 miles.
How Kate and I long to see the faces of our children and grandchildren! Not just on Zoom, but in the flesh. How we long to kiss those faces. We can say to each of them what the Psalmist says to the Lord: show us your beautiful face.
This is not our first experience of longing, and probably not our last. And, of course, we know that others long as passionately as we do—for the well-being of their families, for a lost spouse or child, for health, a job, a place to live, recognition of their dignity, or justice and peace, both personal and communal.
Can we use our individual longings to create a prayer for the Lord’s bounty for ourselves and all others with longings? Would it help us to ask for courage, stoutheartedness or patience at this time?
—Tim Reuland serves on the Board of Directors of the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House in Barrington, IL, and is an intern in Bellarmine’s training program for spiritual directors.
Lord, use my longings to draw me closer to you and to help me better understand the longings of others. Show us your bounty, and be our helper today. Amen.
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