Readings: Psalm 42; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Jude 1:17-25
Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple; there, water was flowing from below the threshold of the temple toward the east…
Reflecting on the passage from Ezekiel brought me back to the time when I lived near a beach adjacent to a river. During certain tides the river would spill into the sea. This created a swift current close to the beach shore. I sometimes observed bathers body surfing with the current, having fun that I was too fearful to attempt. One day I was with a friend who encouraged me to try the surfing with her. “Don’t be afraid,” she said, “the water isn’t too deep.” So we did it and I experienced childlike joy and abandon as I left control behind and watched the sky and the shore go whizzing by. Freedom and deep peace for those few seconds.
Very often I return to that experience in my prayer. I needed a companion to lead me into that living water just as my parents led me into the living waters of Baptism. Today I need to let go into the deep waters of my life and let the Spirit carry me to a life giving, fruitful place. God is the River and if I surrender to God’s plans, I trust I will find freedom, peace, and joy, with a little help from my friends!
Come, Lord Jesus!
Offered by Ann Fowler, spiritual director, seeker of the Christ Child.