Waiting

Waiting, as we see it in the people on the first pages of the Gospel, is waiting with a sense of promise. “Zechariah, …your wife Elizabeth is to bear you a son.” “Mary, …Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son” (Lk. 1:13, 31). People who wait have received a promise that allows them to wait. They have received something that is at work in them, like a seed that has started to grow. This is very important. We can only really wait if what we are waiting for has already begun in us. So waiting is never a movement from nothing to something. It is always a movement from something to  something more. Zechariah, Mary, and Elizabeth were living with a promise that nurtured them, that fed them, and that made them able to stay where they were. And in this way, the promise itself could grow in them and for them.

–Henri Nouwen

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