Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 6 Issue No.27 Date Dec. 17, 07
Lately it seems that I have been spiritually dry. By this I mean that it is hard for me to focus on things of God and God in general. This is not the first time that this type of dryness has come over me, and I don’t suspect that it will be the last. I pray that God will help me through this time and that He will protect me from the evil one. I pray that I will not succumb to self and my own desires.
I can’t help but think of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I wonder if she had some type of dryness after the angel Gabriel announced that she was bearing the Christ Child? Do you suppose that her pregnancy was easy? All I have done is witness pregnancy, and I don’t see anything easy about it. God had certainly prepared Mary for this most incredible and awesome task of mankind. He also gave her a friend and confidant in her cousin Elizabeth.
Jesus was in the desert forty days and withstood the temptations of Satan, “and the angels ministered to Him.” (Mk 1:13) The Son of God had angels helping Him during this spiritual and physical dryness. Incredible!
I have been reading from Papoo’s Bible lately, and from the notes left inside, it seems that depression was always a problem. I had countless conversations with him about depression and tried to show my love for him whether he was depressed or not. I cannot relate to depression very well because it has not come over me but a few times in my life.
I am not alone in this state of dryness. I have friends and family. Most of all I have God in the form of the Holy Spirit.
May all that suffer from spiritual dryness thank God and seek Him out. May they find a friend like the Blessed Mother did in Elizabeth. May angels look after them like they did Jesus, and may we all realize that God has never left our side.