Prayer, Plain and Simple

January 19, 2010

Day 18

Weight: 201 lbs

Weight lost: -5


Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this [natural] water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Down one more pound… And I ate to my heart’s content yesterday. What’s seems to be changing is what makes my heart – and stomach content. That’s the wonder here…

I woke early this morning and as usual began the day downing a 16 oz. glass of filtered water. Water. Water is almost everything, at least it’s mostly everything. My body is 62% water. According to what I’ve read I’m suppose to drink eight 8 oz. glasses a day, just to keep my levels balanced. Water.

Jesus uses the image of water to describe himself and the gift of life he brings to us. Today as I downed my first glass I pictured that water filling me and washing me and feeding my thirsty cells. I’m naturally thirsty and I need this simple abundant gift. I also pictured – and prayed as I did – that the water itself was Jesus himself. The water he gives quenches my deeper thirst for purpose and belonging.

So today, as I down my eight glasses, I’m going to use those moments as triggers for prayer.

“Thank you for thirst that builds my desire. Thank you for water that quenches that desire. You give me all I need and passion to see that need met. Today, as I need natural water. I also need supernatural water. Thank you for both! In Jesus.”

“The Eucharist Diet” adventure is my six month experiment taking daily communion and tracking and posting the results in my personal life, relationships, health, and body fat percentage. 

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