Learning to wait

With Advent just around the corner, here is a waiting prayer, inspired largely by some phrases of Rowan Williams quoted in a book on his theology (some of them lifted whole and used here). Could possibly be read as call and response, with the group taking the second line of each couplet.

May we learn how to wait
and not run away

May we discover in the darkness
the uncontrollable truth at the heart of all things

May we let go of our ideas of God
and our ideas about ourselves

May we let go of our precious wounds
and be open to unexpected healing

May we let go of our desire to matter
and stay with ourselves

May we let go of our compulsion to describe God
and stay with the mysterious presence of Christ

May we not be afraid
when nothing is happening

May we not be ground to zero
by the empty ache

May we not be too proud
to receive love when it comes

Like a child’s tears falling
on the lonely dryness of a prayer that seems to be going nowhere

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