During this sacred season of Advent, we are given an invitation into a time of waiting and wondering. We are encouraged to slow down and suspend the notion that we know how the story goes, and instead, consider the possibility of what it means to wait for something unexpected to be born in our lives anew. As we wait and wonder together, I offer a new poem or prayer each week as a small gift for the journey as together we make our way towards Bethlehem once again this year.
May you never forget that you are loved,
God’s Timing (by Ted Loder)
O God of all seasons and senses,
grant us the sense of your timing to submit gracefully and rejoice quietly in the turn of the seasons.
O God, grant us a sense of your timing.
In this season of short days and long nights, of grey and white and cold, teach us the lessons of beginnings;
that such waitings and endings may be the starting place,
a planting of seeds which bring to birth what is ready to be born—
something right and just and different, a new song, a deeper relationship, a fuller love—
in the fullness of your time.
In this season of short days and long nights, of grey and white and cold, teach us the lessons of endings;
children growing, friends leaving, loved ones dying, grieving over, grudges over, blaming over, excuses over.
O God, grant us the sense of your timing.