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Void Within

“Oftentimes I am acutely aware of the void within, as was the Psalmist when he plaintively penned,"As a deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God,” (Ps. 42).” (Virginia Nieuwsma)

"Inside of every man there is a"God-shaped void.” Many unbelievers try to fill this inner longing with wealth and possessions. Greed drives people to temptation and foolish and harmful desires...“A life focused on material things brings only pain...This is not an ailment of unbelievers only. Many believers also try to gain material things rather than the imperishable things of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11). These are the things we should pursue with all of our being." (Foundation Study Bible, 1 Timothy 6:9, 10)

"… we need to recognize the source of our anxiety, and consciously give up control, trust God more, and tolerate uncertainty, being at peace with not knowing all the details. Sometimes we try to control even the events in our life that we clearly can have no control over. Indeed, the more we try and control things we cannot control, then the more out-of-control we may feel. This is one of the fastest ways to lose the peace of God in our hearts. Many feel that, by worrying, they are somehow doing something about the problem, and as a result get a false sense of control. In the end, however, the worrying exhausts them and leaves them void of God’s peace.” (Fr. Joshua Makoul)

"Worshipping allows us to relate to God in the only reasonable and acceptable way. Without worship, we make no room for God, and the void is filled with ourselves and sin. Worship allows us to kneel before God who loves us and lifts us up in a loving embrace. This can’t happen without worship, because without worship we are not in a right posture for a relationship with God. Our relationship is with God. Man’s relationship with God includes man worshiping God. Some may taunt you and accuse you of hypocrisy when you worship. Thank them for this and use it to grow.” (Bishop John Abdalah)

“Recognizing and feeling the void within is not necessarily a bad thing. It gives us an opportunity to fill it. The question is what do we fill it with? The answer, and that which is most beneficial to our peace and well-being, is of course God. We do this through prayer and worship.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

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