that there are two kinds of waiting:
one comes out of nothing else to do,
the other is born out of hope.
Waiting for God is not like
sitting in a darkened theater, idly
waiting for the movie to begin.
Waiting for God is more like waiting for
an honored guest to arrive in our home.
There is much to be done to prepare; all
must be made ready.
And with the hard-earned readiness
comes a relationship:
our hearts chasing after God’s heart.
Not the answer of our prayers, but
the loving relationship of prayer itself.
Our Lord, Jesus,
is not the satisfaction of our wants,
but the divine presence in the midst of our deep need.
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” Luke 2:25-35