Patience

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December 3, 2018  Monday of the First Week of Advent

Pottery jars, now “fired” to perfection, sit empty. Unadorned. Waiting to be decorated. Waiting to be filled. Waiting to serve some purpose. Simple objects have no difficulty waiting, but we complicated humans are another matter altogether. We are short on patience, too busy, too occupied, too self-absorbed, perhaps too “important” to wait. Yet waiting is exactly what Advent calls us to do. One more time, Advent asks us to wait and to allow each day to wash over us. Wait before beginning to move step by step, minute by minute, from where we are to where we will be. For many of us, being silent can be even more challenging than waiting. The psalmist today (Psalm 62:1-2, 6-9) begins by singing: “For God alone my soul in silence waits…” Let that be your Advent song, as you practice each day waiting, in silence…for God.

Music: “jenseits von gut und bose”    Album langsam!   Artist: Dee Yan-Key

Image: “Jars”   Location: Deruta, Italy   Photographer: Jon Shematek

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