In yoga class the teacher asked us to hold a position for another couple breaths. I didn’t think I could do it. But, I did. And, I was stronger for it.

Sometimes we wonder where God is. We can’t hold on any longer, we need God. And too often we don’t hold on and wait for God. And, we are not strengthened.

The prophet Isaiah says in a very familiar verse
“those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

We forget the part where it says “wait” and rush right to “the Lord shall renew their strength.”

How might we begin a practice of holding on and waiting for God so that we might renew our strength?

Henri Nouwen offers up some advice:
“The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior, which means "to suffer." Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants. Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God's glorious coming.”

Let's not give up and miss God in the waiting. We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9 or 10:30 a.m. as we gather to wait patiently together and see what God is doing.

Grace and peace,

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