waiting, doubting …


from A Christmas Carol by John Leech 

In our secret yearnings
   we wait for your coming,
   and in our grinding despair
   we doubt that you will.

And in this privileged place
   we are surrounded by witnesses
          who yearn more than do we
   and by those
          who despair more deeply than do we.
Look upon your church and its pastors
   in this season of hope
   which runs so quickly to fatigue
   and this season of yearning
   which becomes so easily quarrelsome.
Give us the grace and the impatience
   to wait for you coming to the bottom of our toes,
   to the edges of our finger tips.
We do not want our several worlds to end.

Come in your power
   and come in your weakness
   in any case
   and make all things new.

Walter Brueggemann, 1933 -,  American Old Testament theologian and ethicist


Look, he is coming with the clouds,
    and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
    and all peoples on earth will mourn because of him.
So shall it be! Amen.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s