Waiting

 

“In silence we touch our emptiness, our loneliness, our longing.” -Basil Pennington, OSB

Advent is about searching and longing…and waiting. Advent teaches us about the patience and endurance needed in order to welcome Christ into our lives more fully.

Advent is a wonderful time to express in prayer your deepest desires and hopes…for they have been placed by God in your heart.

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word ‘patience’ means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere. The moment is empty. But patient people dare to stay where they are. Patient living means to live actively in the present and wait there. Waiting, then, is not passive. It involves nurturing the moment, as a mother nurtures the child that is growing in her womb.”
-Henri Nouwen
Eternal Seasons

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