Reading the Word
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
Reflecting on the Word
Waiting is not simply another religious activity to be added to the rest. Though we have methods to help us—meditation and silence, for example—waiting is more than physical silence. It is a movement of the heart, a stance we take before God. Waiting is an inner acquiescence, releasing our striving and abandoning our lives entirely to the work of God. Quieting our whole lives, we surrender our activity, our plans, and our dreams. When we wait, we yield up our expectations of what God should do, our precious hoards of ritual and doctrine, our social awareness, and our self-concepts. Waiting is totally submitting to God and inviting God to move in our hearts with complete freedom.
Rhythms of the Inner Life
Responding to the Word
O Lord God,
great distress has come upon me;
my cares threaten to crush me,
and I do not know what to do.
O God, be gracious to me and help me.
Give me the strength to bear what you send,
and do not let fear rule over me;
Take a father’s care of my wife and children.
O merciful God,
Forgive me all the sins that I have committed
against you and my fellow men.
I trust in your grace
and commit my life wholly in your hands.
Do with me according to your will
and as is best for me.
Whether I live or whether I die, I am with you,
and you, my God, are with me,
Lord, I wait for your salvation,
and for your Kingdom.
Letters and Papers from Prison
(written Christmas, 1943, in a Nazi concentration camp)