Today’s Bible reading
When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the LORD will answer them;
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys.
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water. —Isaiah 41:17-18
More thoughts for meditation
“Since I know plenty of people who have been hurt badly, both physically and otherwise, without sensing [safety], I stay curious about where [safety] comes from. Maybe it is an effect of early childhood experience. Maybe it is a denial mechanism. Maybe it is the grace of God. Whatever it is, I have no control over it. All I can do is pay attention to what happens when I am lost in the wilderness, with no ability to help myself. At this advanced level, the practice of getting lost has nothing to do with wanting to go there. It is something that happens, like it or not. You lose your job. Your lover leaves. The baby dies. At this level, the advanced practice of getting lost consists of consenting to be lost, since you have no other choice. The consenting itself becomes your choice, as you explore the possibility that life is for and not against you, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary.” — Barbara Brown Taylor, An Altar in the World
Suggestions for action
Take a few minutes to walk outside, if you’re able, or open a door or window. When or where have you felt lost? Do you feel lost right now?
Collect one small object before you return inside or choose an inside item before you close your door/window. Add this object to the altar you began earlier this week, or begin creating your altar if this is your first object. As you move through your day, pause to look at your altar. Consider the words of God found in the Book of Isaiah, the prophet: “I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”