Coming to the right answer can take time. The questions always come easily, even the tough ones. They nag and demand answers, preferably quick, easy ones. But if you’re asking the right questions, you should be prepared to wait. In … Continue reading →
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall … Continue reading →
Here’s a simple truth: Waiting is a most difficult thing to do. Increase the uncertainty of the outcome, and waiting is even harder to do. Today I face a fairly good chunk of discouragement. It seems that a conversation hasn’t … Continue reading →
“Give Us Hope So We Can Wait” (by Stanley Hauerwas in Prayers Plainly Spoken)
Invade our bodies with your hope, dear Lord, that we might manifest the enthusiasm of your kingdom. Give us the energy of children, whose lives seem fired by the wonder of it all. Thank you God, you have given us good work, hopeful work. Our lives are not just one pointless thing after another. We have purpose. But give us also your patience. School our hope with humility, recognizing that finally it is a matter of your will being done. Too often our hope turns to optimism, optimism to despair, despair to cynicism. Save our hope by Israel-like patience so that we can learn to wait hopefully in joy. Surely that is why you give us children–signs of hope requiring infinite patience. Give us hope so we can learn to wait. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again. ~Amen.
It’s time for Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday link up. Today’s word is–COLOR. Here I go, five minutes of just writing…not worrying about if it’s perfectly right. No matter what the song says about a brown-eyed girl, I have never enjoyed … Continue reading →
Back to Advent. The last week has been all about returning to the waiting, but I keep getting distracted. There are so many other things demanding my attention that I’m absent from the waiting. I’m not fully present. Advent is … Continue reading →
Advent. The Coming. The long-awaited coming of the Messiah. Each year we celebrate this season of waiting for the arrival of the King with expectation. It’s half-part remembrance; half-part practice. He has come and He is coming again. Contrary … Continue reading →