The Grace and Impatience of Waiting
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 in 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 fingertips.
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.
This prayer is taken from Walter Brueggeman’s Awed to Heaven, Rooted in Earth. ISBN 0-8006-3460-8.