By The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster
This prayer speaks of the expansive nature of God: every time we go to God, it is possible to be opened up to the more of who God is and can be for us. That phrase, “you are a deep sea,” brings to mind the fact that scientists know more about the surface of the moon than the ocean floor. The depths of the sea remain hidden from us, even now in this information era.
The hiddenness of God can sometimes be frustrating. Especially at a time when the world offers very little stability, our souls’ hunger for the weighty predictability of God, akin to being wrapped up in one of those thick heavy gravity blankets. But this prayer, I think, offers us a glimpse at an understanding of God where both that predictable comfort and a hidden more are possible.
May your Sunday morning be full of searching for the depths of God’s presence.
Let us pray:
Eternal Truth, you are a deep sea,
Into which the more I enter the more I find,
And the more I find the more I seek.
My soul hungers in the mystery of your depth
And longs to see you in and through your own light;
As the deer yearns for clear spring water
So my soul yearns for your truth.
After —St. Catherine of Siena, 1347–1380