Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Tuesday in Lent 3

And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
--Psalm 78:29

Quail in the wilderness is a pretty amazing rescue story but don't you find something ominous in the words "he gave them what they craved"? I certainly do.

We are all familiar with the warning: "be careful what you wish for." It is illustrated by many a folk tale and anecdotes from our own lives.

What do we crave? Is it worth asking God for? Might it be a mistake to get it?

Purify our desires, O Godde, lest in our desiring we crave our own destruction.

O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

--the BB

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