Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;

Lord, hear my voice;

I wait for the Lord; my soul waits for him;

in his word is my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord,

more than watchmen for the morning,

more than watchmen for the morning.

—Psalm 130: 1, 4 – 5

My mother’s birthday this week always inspires my gratitude — gratitude to my mother not only for her being her wonderful self all of these years, but also gratitude for her waiting for me. She waited during her pregnancy, waited for me countless times from infancy through my teen years… She still waits for me sometimes these days!

Thank God for our mothers, and for all who play nurturing roles in our lives.  In many ways, our mothers are our “front line” representatives of God’s love for us. God does wait for us, as our mothers wait, still!

Advent-time is a time of contemplating arrivals and for contemplating our waiting for arrivals. We remember Jesus’ birth, and celebrate the arrival of God’s presence among us in human form.

This arrival, after some waiting, helped us realize a second arrival, as Joan Chittister explains: “This is the coming of the presence of God recognized among us now in the Scripture, in the Eucharist, in the community itself.”

Of course, we contemplate and wait for the ultimate arrival, the Parousia, the Second Coming of Christ. We await our experience of the fullness of God’s Kingdom —we look forward to living in the grace and love which we’re unable to really understand just yet. But we wait, expectantly … gratefully … hopefully!

May we all share our unique, nurturing grace with each other as we wait!

Dear God — Please help me to remain focused on my relationship with you, as I wait. Thank you for waiting for me despite and throughout my worldly concerns and distractions.  Please know that I’m always grateful for you. Thank you for blessing me with the fervent desire to grow in awareness, grace and divine love.

Please bless this meditation for our use, and us to thy service!

O my God, come to me, so that You may dwell in me and I may dwell in you.

—Amen