The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. Psalm 118:22-23 NRSV

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I. Am. Still. Waiting.


I. Am. Still. Waiting. Here again another Advent season begun, its commencement marking not only a prelude to the celebration of Christmas but also to the anniversary of my birth. And I am still waiting.

Here's the thing: When I first thought about the fact that I am still waiting for so many things, not least of which is the coming of Jesus Christ, I thought that I would really be posting an extended lament or at least a complaint, possibly a rant. I thought I would be more in the frame of mind to be saying "I can't believe that another year has come and gone and all these things still haven't happened." But at this moment, that's not how I feel at all. I feel like celebrating.

I AM STILL WAITING. I haven't given up on any of it. I am still hopeful. Still faithful. Still optimistic. Still determined. Still alert. Still watchful. My ears still perk up at the sound of approaching footsteps. My heart still skips a beat when someone or something new surprises and delights me. My eyes still tear up with joy at the very thought when we sing "O I Want to See Him." I still love love songs.

God knows that I have had some moments between November 2009 and November 2010 when I have considered quitting. But thinking about quitting and quitting are not the same thing. Despair ultimately has not won the day. I am still waiting.

And the longer I wait the stiller I am.

12 comments:

jaha zainabu said...

i love this. thank you for sharing. i. am. still. waiting. (smiling too)

Leslie D. Callahan said...

You're the best, Jaha!

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I think you are right. Advent tends to evoke both the sense of lament and celebation. The two are not mutually exclusive though. Our ability to lament helps us to fully celebrate and our ability to celebrate helps us to fully lament. Come Lord Jesus, help us to fully celebrate and lament in this Advent season!

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