A Time of Waiting

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Day 23 - December 19, 2022

A Time of Waiting

Advent: a waiting time; waiting for the Light in a suffering world of psychological darkness;
the homeless; the thirsty, breathing dust. Children, starving past recovery; sinners longing for

“I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day.
What hours, O what black hours we have spent…
What sights you, heart, saw; ways you went
And more must, in longer light’s delay.” (Gerard Manley Hopkins)

But what is that?

“A voice of one crying in the wilderness. Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Make straight a
highway for our God! Every valley shall be exalted; every mountain and hill shall be made low,
and the rough places smooth.” (Isaiah 40: 3-5)

In Romans, we read,
“The night is far gone. Let us, lay aside the work of darkness, and put on the armor of the
light.” (Romans 13:2)

But still we wait, lighting our Advent candles in futile hope, waiting for “Xmas” in the malls!
Oh, people of God, it is time!
Rise up, and feed those hungry!
Satiate those thirsty!
Visit the unfortunate!Open your eyes to your time and place!

“At the center of our being is a point of nothingness and absolute poverty. It is the pure glory
of God in us. It is like a diamond, blazing with the invisible light of Heaven.
It is in everybody, and if we could see it, we could see these billion points of light,
coming together, in the Face and Blaze of a Sun that would make all the darkness and cruelty of
life vanish completely.” (Thomas Merton)

Paul says, “You need to persevere, so that when you have done the Will of God, you will receive
what He has promised. For in just a little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.” (Hebrews 10: 35-38)

The Spirit and bride say,

by Submitted in 2013 by Rosemary Holzhuter (1938 to 2022)


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