(The Spiritual Canticle - Stanza 9-10)
"O God, you are my God -- for you I
long! For you my body yearns; for you my
soul thirsts, Like a land parched, lifeless,
and without water. So I look to you in the
sanctuary to see your power and glory. For
your love is better than life; my lips offer
you worship!" (1)
No thing nor creature can begin,
To fill the void left in her heart
By His absence - this wound within,
Though caused by love, tears her apart.
Only His pure presence can quench
This thirst as parched as desert sand;
She yearns for His mercy to drench
Her wound with the touch of His hand.
Her whole being just aches to cling
To Him and never leave His side;
All that keeps her away will sting
Her heart as long as she's denied.
"O Light of my soul, be revealed!
You are what animates my sight.
When Your dark absence is repealed,
Your presence will vanquish my night!"
Her soul's eyes, kept for Him alone,
Stare through the dark toward His throne..
May the Bridegroom be revealed to our parched
hearts which thirst so deeply for His presence.
1. Ephesians 4:20,22-24
(c) Paul Buis, 2005