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As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.

My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.

When shall I come and behold the face of God?

(Psalm 42:1-2)



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“Come,” my heart says, “seek God's face!”
Your face, Lord, do I seek.
Do not hide your face from me.
(Psalm 27:8)

Dark window sunset

O Absence,
almost perceived in stillness,
like the space between heartbeats,
almost but not quite palpable
but intimated in the longing —
this is what I most fear, O Absence,
that you will still be absence
when I call out from the void,
when my heart is empty,
when comfort withdraws,
when friends are powerless,
when life recedes,
when I most need a word, a gaze, strong arms,
when I most need you
to be Presence.

- Sister Rose Hoover, rc

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