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Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat!  Isaiah 55:1

The last time I was in the desert, I visited an oasis, a dwelling place of water, plants and animals surrounded by emptiness.  I was amazed by the dense shade and the relative cool inside the grove of palms that surrounded the water.  In dry country, people do not take these places for granted.  Travelers plan journeys to where water will be.  Oasis plants, like Desert Fan Palms, grow up to 75 feet tall and produce hundreds of thousands of seeds each year.  As Rachel Sussman notes in The Oldest Living Things in the World, extreme conditions can foster uniquely adapted life.

Oases are places of hope. In the burned out times of our lives, we look forward to moments and people that offer us abundance, rest, and the chance to be ourselves again.

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