Pause for Prayer: SATURDAY 12/14

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The desert and the parched land will exult;
   the arid plains will rejoice and bloom;
They will bloom with flowers
   and rejoice with joyful song.
-Isaiah 35:1
(From the first reading for the Third Sunday of Advent: December 15)  

Some days my soul's a desert, Lord:
parched, lifeless and thirsting
for the waters of mercy, peace and joy...

But even the desert knows to hope
a time will come again when the barren will bloom
and the waters of your grace beckon
to a sweet oasis of your presence...

Visit my heart's desert, Lord, and as you promised
bring to flower what waits within me:
lead me to your shade and to your waters,
to your mercy, to your peace
and once again to joy...


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