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Archive for May 26th, 2022

MEDITATION:

Written by Reuben P. Job (1928-2015), an American bishop of the United Methodist Church.

Most of us do not wait well. A checkout line at the grocery store, a registration line at school, a doctor’s appointment, or traffic can quickly make us impatient, uneasy, and irritable. We want things at once and do not like to wait. Further, our culture thrives on instant response from fast food to computers—we want everything fast…However, deep in our hearts, we know that many things cannot be hurried without endangering the results for which we wait. Friendship, character, personal transformation, pregnancy, ripened fruit, and sprouting seeds all take time. Each as its own schedule. Trying to hasten the process can lead to less than desirable results.

Jesus asked the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promised power to meet all that lay ahead of them as well as an advocate to teach them all that they needed to know. It must have been hard to wait. They were under suspicion by the authorities, they wanted to get on with their lives, and how did they know that waiting would make any difference? The disciples were obedient to the command of Jesus, though, and their obedience was rewarded with power and with a companion. That power and companion have been with Christians ever since. We claim the power of the Holy Spirit today to strengthen us for living fully, faithfully, and joyfully. We claim the companionship of Jesus Christ to guide, instruct, and sustain us day by day. Sometimes we wait for that power to become active or for that kind of companionship to blossom in our relationship with God in Christ. As we learn to earnestly seek and patiently wait—in God’s perfect timing—the gifts are given. Then we know it was worth the wait.

PRAYER:

Written by Benedict of Nursia (480-547), the father of Western monasticism and founder of the Rule of St. Benedict.

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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