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Wow, this came along at a good time. The flaming church line happens so much here. I want to look around and just scream "Can't we change something? Do you all want the church to simply die?" (That is, the local church, not The Church.)

While I was reading your post, "The Heart of Worship" (Matt Redman) was going through my mind. When I am feeling "dry" this is a song that I go to a lot. It doesn't cure the reasons for the dryness, but it does remind me of what we are here for.


- Dave


I am not sure that a period of dryness is all that bad. I am reminded of the dark night of the soul. That it often in those periods of dryness of struggle that we truly grow. I don't stay dry, but for a short season it may be what I need.

Greg England

Nothing cures my dryness like praise and worship! And sharing that state of mind with a trusted friend who understands preachers do live in a perfect world. Good thoughts, Jim. Hope your heart is flowing even if the creek is dry!


I believe God sometimes dries my creek because He is taking me through a process of detachment - ripping an idol from my heart that I plant in my sinful and self centeredness - so He can regain His rightful place. After the dryness it seems He has given me His fresh new living water.

I really enjoy your blog. Thank you for what you share here.



What seems to lead to a sense of aridity in my own life is focusing on the present and temporal rather than the eternal. I begin to focus on my own failures and losses instead of looking to Him to define my life. Kind of like the Samaritan woman, I guess. Yet, all the time, He's right here promising to give "living water" to alleviate that parched emptiness in my soul. Reading that story, it seems like it should be a simple matter. You ask and it's given - the water, that is - "a apring of water, welling up to eternal life". The reality, at least in my life, is that I continue to run dry and must keep returning and asking again. Maybe that says more about my maturity level than anything else?

Jim Martin

You are so right. I too have been blessed by what God is doing in the middle of a period of dryness. I do want to address this dryness in my life as I see it occur.

Jim Martin

Thanks! (and I like the same song).

I am afraid the "flaming church" is taking place in many places.

Jim Martin

A very good comment. What you are saying is true for many of us. I do think focusing on the temporal and immediate contributes to dryness. I had not really thought about this contributing to dryness. Thanks.

Jim Martin

Thanks for your encouraging words. So glad you came by. I appreciate your comment.

L.L. Barkat

It was fun to read these ruminations on the creek... I've written a bit on my blog based on my creek experiences too. (I wonder, is this a geographical phenomena? I'm in the Northeast, where creeks abound.)

The thing about a creek is... it never stays dry... spring comes... the water bounds, rushes, roars. And life returns, as if it never left... the tadpoles and crayfish, the reeds and mosses... even children, who come to trace their sticks in the mud.

And, in this knowledge, there is comfort for the dry-of-soul.

Jim Martin

Thanks! You are so right.

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