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Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. (James 5:7-11)

Now is the time of watching and waiting,
The time of pregnant expectation of new
life.
Now is the season of unfolding,
The dark winter season when hope is
waiting to be born.
Let us come before God with receptive and
willing spirits.
May our souls magnify the name of God
and may our spirits
Rejoice in God our Savior!
Rejoice! God comes to bring the birthday of
life and hope.
 

Patience God our Life, over and over you teach me about the process of inner growth: first the green shoot, then the bud, finally the flowering. No instant-zap blooming on the spiritual path, no pressure pursuit of growth, no room for controlled management. You look at me with your loving eyes and whisper to my impatient heart: “Lean back, relax, be receptive while you wait, wait, wait for the transforming power to flow.” You keep advising me to put the brakes on my desire for a fast transformation, to slow down the revving engines of my impatient anticipation. You encourage me to rest in your arms of trust, to wait for my slow blooming, For it will come with the sureness of your ever-evolving grace and the wisdom of your ever-enduring love. {Joyce Rupp, Prayers for Sophia, pp.74-75) Waiting for God is an active, alert—yes, joyful—waiting. As we wait, we remember him for whom we are waiting, and as we remember him, we create a community ready to welcome him when he comes. (From Bread for the Journey, Henri J. Nouwen) Advent Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance. (St. Francis of Assisi) Lord of all longing, in our society of instant gratification, patience is not a cultivated virtue. Remind me that I do not need to immediately have all the things I long for and all the answers to my questions. In the waiting, we often learn much about ourselves, come to a greater awareness of what is truly important in life, and gain a better appreciation for the things we must await. (Wisdom from St. Francis of Assisi, p.6) Now is the time of watching and waiting The time of pregnant expectation of new life. Now is the season of unfolding. The dark winter season when hope is waiting to be born. Let us come before God with receptive and willing spirits. May our souls magnify the name of God and may our spirits rejoice in God our Savior! Rejoice! God comes to bring the birthday of life and hope. Amen.

Prepared by Deacon Dominic Pullano, St. David’s Parish, Maple - Ontario