The readings today remind us that those who turn away from the Lord are like a barren bush in the desert. The thing that keeps us nourished is the Word of God.
One more thing: Keep yourself fed and watered by spending time with the Lord in His word, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Have a friend over for coffee and encourage one another. You will feel like a tree planted near a stream: freshly watered and blossoming.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to recognize Lazarus at my door and act to relieve his suffering. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.