Wait on the Lord…

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.

 

Lamentations 3:25-26

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.

 

Howard Macy

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.

Amen.

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Letters and Papers from Prison

(written Christmas, 1943, in a Nazi concentration camp)

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About kengire

Ken Gire has been a fulltime writer since 1981 publishing more than twenty books. His writing has earned such honours as two Gold Medallion Awards, Book-of-the-Year by Campus Life and two have been named C. S. Lewis Honour Books. He has worked with Insight for Living, co-authored 25 study guides with Chuck Swindoll and written on such diverse topics as devotional series and young adult fiction. He is currently working on a historical fiction that will be adaptable to film. Ken is also an inspiriational speaker and has founded Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping individuals live more reflective lives so they may experience life more deeply. View all posts by kengire

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