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How We Wait

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How We Wait

This year, Americans will spend roughly 37 billion hours waiting in line. 37 billion. That’s a lot of waiting. If you’ve visited your local post office in December, you probably feel like you’ve added your fair share of minutes to that total. Nobody likes waiting. We are not very good at it. Next time you are in line, look around. Many people (if not all) are scrolling away on their phone, filling the boredom with the distractions of music, or a game, or social media. With waiting such a large part of our shared experience, it’s no wonder so many…

God’s vision of peace and wholeness
comes to us in sweeping revelations
and in tiny signs of hope.

My God kindle our hearts,
that we might be a hopeful people.
And keep us from growing weary of waiting
so that we do not miss the glory of His appearing.

Come quickly Lord.

God, our hope and our desire,
we wait for your coming
as a woman longs for the birth,
the exile for his home
the lover for the touch of his beloved
and the humble for justice.
Janet Morley
I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God’s saving power…Our temptation is to be distracted by them…When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence- the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends- I will always remain tempted to despair.

The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream and overwhelm us with its claims and promises.
Henry Nouwen