Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Opportunities to wait litter our lives each and every day. The faster the pace of my life, the more times it seems I am required to wait. The simple act of waiting can become an act of emotional violence when, in impatience, I rev my engine waiting at a stoplight, or speak roughly to a phone attendant or to someone slowing down a line up. But any event that slows me down or gives me pause in the day can also become an opportunity to pray, to have time to turn to God, a time for ‘holy waiting’. Will I lean into the opportunities to wait today and so find time to commune with my beloved Father? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me holy waiting.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:13,14)
The life of Jesus tells us that not being in control is part of the human condition. His vocation and ours are fulfilled not just in action but also in passion, in waiting.
See a complete meditation on waiting by Henri Nouwen at https://henrinouwen.org/meditation/a-spirituality-of-waiting/
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.