“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!” Isaiah 30:18
This is the season of waiting for the light to come, waiting for the reason to make itself known, waiting for the welcoming of peace, making ready for the celebration of life born into a dark and confused time. What use can be made of these precious moments? What time do you just spend, passing time? In your days, what time is yet open to usefulness?
I am reminded of an analogy in eastern thought, “Clay is molded to make a pot, but it is in the space where there is nothing that the usefulness of the clay pot lies.” (Tao te Ching, Ch 55).
May our hearts and hands be open to hold the nothingness that makes us useful to God and to each other. May grace be the use that flows through- not in what is done or created—instead the openness to allow grace to be present, to be born forth.
Prayer: God of Goodness, open us to your grace in all its forms; may we wait and make ready for the coming of Your Son. In your name we pray, amen.
submitted by Trish Dowd Kelne