Monday, December 31, 2007

Spiritual Dryness

One of my oldest friends, Julie, sent me this quote this morning. Her friend Dn. Hilarion wrote this to her.

There is the story about why we feel, as they say, "dryness" in the spiritual life or prayer. Our spiritual capacity is constantly changing at differing rates in the different aspects of our life. When we are able to focus and draw close to God, our container gets filled and we experience the joy of this spiritual fullness. Then God increases our capacity and the thimbleful of grace gets poured into a new vessel, a teacup, and we begin to feel empty and wonder what went wrong. God withdraws from us that we may search for Him and desire the intoxication of happiness that comes with His presence.... The clouds will come and obscure the stars and their brilliance will seem to have faded -- but it hasn't. You're just at the bottom of a teacup and your view is impaired for a while.


At 5:06 PM, Blogger Don said...

This is an excellent explanation of what so many of us refer to as the "peaks and valleys" we go through with regard to our spirituality. It would make sense that those valleys would be compared to being in the bottom of a tea cup.

If only my valleys felt that shallow. What a relief, though, when we once again reach that peak.

I enjoy your blog. May God bless you in 2008, and always.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Mimi said...

That's gorgeous, thank you!

Happy New Year!


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