In her book Those Who Wait: Finding God in Disappointment, Doubt and Delay by Tanya Marlow she writes, “We spend our lives waiting, yet we all hate to wait.”
Advent is the season of waiting. I find it confusing and comforting that the Church Year begins not with a big party, but with waiting. This mirrors and honors our experience
Tanya goes on to say:
- Waiting is uncertain
- Waiting reminds us we are not fully in control of our lives
- Waiting causes you to doubt yourself
- Waiting means continually trying to keep your balance
- Waiting ends eventually and sometimes your dreams are realized
Waiting is hard. It is also formative. God, in his infinite mercy and wisdom built waiting into the Church Year. And so this week we will wait together as we talk about waiting.
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This week, as you find yourself waiting, take a picture and share it on Instagram with #VelvetAshesWaiting and let us see what waiting looks like in your corner of the world.