Reflection based on Steve Angrisano's My Soul is Thirsting
Morning. Already. UGH.
My mind races to the million things on my to-do list, but is quickly overtaken by the temptation to pull my covers over my head and sleep for just fifteen more minutes. And then the song begins…”My soul is thirsting for you O Lord, thirsting for you my God.” My heart listens to the familiar words, soaks them in and by the second repetition turns them into a prayer of my own….”My soul is thirsting for you O Lord, thirsting for you my God, thirsting for you my God.”
The song my morning alarm plays has been the same for the past decade or so: the melodic voice of Steve Angrisano singing the words that set the tone for my day and my life: "My soul is thirsting for you O Lord, thirsting for you my God." I first heard this song sung as the Responsorial Psalm at Mass not long after experiencing a major conversion. Instantly I was captivated by the words and the music which seemed to express the deep longing I felt – a desire to want to know and experience everything about the Lord all at once. It was an insatiable thirst. It still is.
Take a minute to listen to Steve Angrisano’s “My Soul is Thirsting”
Thirst is a funny thing
It is simultaneously as demanding as a toddler and just as picky. If you have ever been physically thirsty you know just what I am talking about. The thirst can occupy your every thought, but satisfying it isn’t as easy as swigging down the nearest available beverage. If you are truly thirsty, a cold glass of milk, or an icy cold soda is not going to do the trick, in spite of what the advertisers tell you. Physical thirst is best satisfied by the purest of drinks – crystal clear water.
It is likewise true with spiritual thirst. We live in a culture overrun with thirsty people trying to satisfy their thirst with second-rate beverages. They attempt to quench their thirst with hobbies, careers, and bucket-list experiences. And it works – for a time. I know. I was there. I sought after all the material goods the world had to offer and I was temporarily satisfied. However, the satisfaction was short-lived and the thirst would return, stronger and more demanding than ever. Spiritual thirst is best satisfied by the purest of drinks – the living water of the Holy Spirit.
St. Augustine, in the opening lines of the Confessions, expresses the quality of this spiritual thirst in one of his most famous quotes: “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Our spiritual thirst will never be satisfied until it is satisfied by the Lord himself.
Setting my daily morning alarm to Steve Angrisano’s “My Soul is Thirsting” serves as a reminder to me about the truth that my soul’s deepest desire is for the Lord and that only he will satisfy the longings of my heart.
Here are a few questions for reflection or journaling:
The Scriptures are filled with passages about thirsting for the Lord. Here are links to a few of them – we provide the links in order to give you the opportunity to dive into the rich waters of Scripture and read the passages in their original context.
The biggest difference between satisfying physical thirst and satisfying spiritual thirst is that while pure drinking water is not always available, the living waters of the Holy Spirit are an infinite spring that the God our Father desires to pour into us. What’s stopping you? Today I encourage you to make the word’s of Steve Angrisano’s song your own and beg the Lord to satisfy your thirst for Him!
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Debbie Gaudino is a Catholic blogger and speaker. You can read more of her fabulous writing on her blog: Saints 365.
She is a happily married, homeschooling Mom to two beautiful children. She and her husband were raised Catholic and had both fallen away from our faith for most of our young adult life. We experienced a major conversion at a Mass celebrated by Blessed John Paul II in Rome in 2000. Since then, our lives have been centered on knowing, loving and serving the Lord and his church.
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