Two hours late, still not ready
Advent , Spiritual Reflections , Thoughts , Waiting / February 12, 2012

Margaret was all ready for her date. She was wearing her best outfit, her hair was fixed, her makeup was perfect. Imagine her disappointment when her date didn’t show up! After an hour of waiting, Margaret decided that he wasn’t going to come. She changed into her pajamas, washed off her makeup, gathered up a bunch of junk food, and parked herself in front of the television for the evening. As soon as she got involved in her favorite show, there was a knock on the door. She opened it to find her handsome date standing on the doorstep. He stared at her in shock, then said in disbelief, “I’m two hours late, and you’re still not ready?” In our culture a beautiful spiritual message is built into the system as we get ready for the season of Advent. We have this incredible internal awareness that we lack something. It is a wonderful place for us to start. That is when we start making lists of things we don’t have, or least we are able to convince ourselves that we don’t have. From the notes of Christian Coon, here is a story. “Every year in mid-November she calls to ask…

Waiting for the Lord!
Meditations , Reflections , Waiting / December 17, 2007

Wait for the Lord, be strong, and let your heart take courage, Yes, wait for the Lord. Psalm 27: 14 People of Israel waited long and hard for their Messiah. Some of them are still waiting for the Messiah to show up. Waiting is not an easy time of life. It is a very hard because there is a certain amount of anxiety in waiting. There is fear and uncertainty. Whatever you are waiting for is beyond your control and that is why you wait and you have to wait. If it is in your control you could make it happen when you want it and then there is no surprise, fear or anxiety. Waiting takes your power over things, events, situations and people. It makes you lose power but gain strength. Strength to live in this world over which man has no control. Gaining power over people, places, things and situations make one more vulnerable than others who have no power over others. A man with great power over people makes him fear of losing it at any time. Someone with control of situations in life is always under great stress for those times that may arise beyond one’s…