The Grace and the Impatience to Wait

For a several years now, I’ve loved a book of prayers written by Walter Brueggemann titled “Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth”.  It contains some of the most poetic and profound prayers I’ve ever encountered, and as I flipped through it the other day, I encountered Brueggemann’s Advent prayer, which shares the title I gave this post. It seems appropriate to share it here, as we approach the close of Advent and the arrival of Christmas.

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 do we
          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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