Saturday, December 1, 2012

The Grace and the Impatience to Wait

An Advent Prayer 
by Walter Brueggemann (1994)

In our secret yearnings
   we wait for your coming,
   and in our grinding despair
   we doubt that you will.

And in this privileged place
   we are surrounded by witnesses 
who yearn more than we do
   and by those who despair more deeply than do we.

Look upon your church and its pastors
   in this season of hope
   which runs so quickly to fatigue
   and this season of yearning
   which becomes so easily quarrelsome.

Give us the grace and the impatience
   to wait for your coming to the bottom of our toes,
   to the edges of our finger tips.

We do not want our several worlds to end.
Come in your power
   and come in your weakness
   in any case
   and make all things new.


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