The Work of Waiting

Bluebonnets in parkinglot
Bluebonnets in the Wellspring parking lot

“For you I wait all day long.”
Psalm 25:5 (NRSV)

HOLY WEEK, 2019   We thought our wait would be over by now, if not by New Year’s, then Valentine’s Day, or if not, then certainly by Ash Wednesday, and if not then most assuredly by Easter, but as each passed I was reminded of the old Gensu Knife commercial [link], “ “But wait, there’s more!”… waiting that is.

Tonight, in the Holy Week Liturgy we will hear the story of the disciples Jesus asked to wait with him at Gethsemane.

“My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” Jesus told them. “Stay here and keep watch with me.”  (Luke 26)

Watching or waiting is not very popular, Henri Nouwen once wrote. “In fact, most people consider waiting to be a waste of time. The culture says, ‘Get going! Do something! Don’t just sit there and wait,’” but that is exactly what Jesus asks the disciples to do then, and it seems for us to do now.

Some see watching or waiting as analogous to being in the desert between where they are and where they want to be.   It’s a desert filled with doubt: Did I miss the turn-off?  Is God finished with me?  How long will I be here?   While looking out from the wait has seemed like a desert at times, other times its an Oasis, a place where our body and soul are being restored and readied for what comes next.

“When Jesus came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more.” (Luke 26)

In the meantime, we have reduced our salary by half, since although the waiting is work, it has gone on too long for us to continue on full salary.

Thank you for joining us in the work of this waiting.

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