The Work of Waiting

The Work of Waiting

Brother Luis shares on The Work of Waiting: "Waiting is such a waste of time, right?!  Think about it.  Sitting in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or waiting in a long line at the grocery store.  Never mind “waste of time,” it can be downright painful to wait for things nowadays.  To ease the pricks, stabs, and bludgeoning of passing seconds and minutes, we have recourse to our personal inventory of remedies.  And thank goodness for these palliative means—some colorful and handheld (starts with an “i” and ends with a “phone”), and some, perhaps, more innate and natural (i.e., daydreaming); for no one in this day and age should suffer needlessly by waiting.  Or should we?  

Recently, I was struck by a phrase from a book (Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes): “the work of waiting.”  Yes, the “work” of waiting, which suggests that waiting can be productive or valuable in some respect.  We know Scripture says a few things about waiting—recall the 10 virgins tasked with waiting for the bridegroom (Matthew 25:1-13) or think of the “groaning” of creation as it waits for the fullness of redemption (see Romans 8:19-23).  My own sense is that if we lean into waiting and not away from it, we discover and experience a sharpening and clarifying effect on one’s will and desire, thereby capacitating one to fully receive the object that is desired.  For this Advent season, and for the Advent season that is our life journey, let us hurry up and wait!  Let us lean into the arduous nature of purifying our desire so that we may more fully behold and receive the gift of joy and life in Jesus Christ."  

God bless you,

Your brothers of New Clairvaux

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