March 11, 2022
WTS MDiv 1985, DMin 1996; WTS Special Assistant to the President; WTS Adjunct Professor; Wesley Council Donor; United Methodist Elder-Virginia Annual Conference
It’s Only Because of Grace
Wait ~ Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Let your ears be attentive to my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. A heartfelt plea for help and mercy. The writer is at the end of their hope. Overcome by despair. Facing challenges that are too much to handle alone.
But then, the tone shifts. The writer stops and puts their entire trust in God, and simply… waits. They trust entirely that somehow God will act. That somehow God will prevail. They trust that God will provide a way through and grant strength and healing and redemption. The writer simply waits for God: I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word, I put my hope. I wait for the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Sometimes, that is the best we can do in the face of despair. Sometimes that is all we can when everything around us is going crazy and things seem hopeless. Sometimes that is what we need to do… Wait… simply wait. When we wait, we can be in prayer. When we wait, we might simply sit in silence. When we wait, we can sleep, rest, regain some strength, or receive an entirely new perspective. Waiting gives God space to act...
Waiting for the Lord… a sacred gift ... a meaningful practice for Lent.
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Reflection: What is the best time and place for me to wait for the Lord today?