I fidget. I futz. I fret.
In my mind I hear “tick, tick, tick.”
Time races on toward its eternal destination—
Surely there’s more to life than waiting;
surely I didn’t sacrifice my best years for this.
Waste! What a waste this has been!
God, do you see this? God, do you care?
I strain to hear you breathing.
Whisper something to me—anything—
so I won’t sit alone . . .
in the silence . . .
I sit. I stare.
I shush my anxious soul.
I’m becoming accustomed to the quiet.
Thank you, Lord, for teaching me patience. Amen.
—Mary Lou Redding, Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
—James 5:7-8 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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