and reworked in The Complex Christ
As Sarah waited...Ninety years for a son to fulfil God's promise.
We wait in hope for what we thought had been spoken to us.
As Moses waited...40 years in the desert
We wait for emptiness and humility
As the Prophets waited -- 1000 years of salvation promises
We wait for the signs of presence
As Mary waited...9 months of her 14 years for the child of God.
We feel the birth-pains, yet fear for the child.
As John the Baptist waited -- scanning the crowds for knowing eyes
We long for an experience of the Divine
As Jesus waited -- 30 years of creeping time,
40 days in the throes of temptation,
3 years in the midst of misunderstanding,
3 days in the depths of hell . . .
So now, we wait.
Our turn to toil on levelling mountains and straightening paths.
Our turn to watch time's horizon.
Our turn to hope that He who promised is faithful, and will return.