Monday, December 12, 2016

Advent: Patient

Waiting is inescapable. What control we have is limited to how we wait, patiently or im-. Mostly we want things now, or at least soon; but there's a kind of grace that descends on us at times that allows us to wait with utter serenity and patience for what we want.

It's not because of how much we want it. I'm sure everyone who ever has been, knows or is a child can recount the impatient minutes waiting in line for a rollercoaster, the exasperating days before the end of school; or for that matter, the impatient tedium of waiting for something to be over and done with so we could leave.

Maybe it's the inevitability that makes patience easier. I remember the excitement building for the day I married Beloved Wife; and those heady minutes that grew in intensity until time itself was ablaze with glory as we waited for each of our children to arrive. There was no impatience there, just an excitement and a sense of wonder as the moment drew near.

Set your eyes on the Inevitable. Rejoice in the signs of its approach. Let the wonder build. Even now it is here, in our midst.

Copyright © 2016 by David Learn. Used with permission.

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