Those who wait

Dearly Beloved,
Grace and peace to you.

Those who wait for the Lord
shall renew their strength.
They will mount up with wings like eagles.
They will run and not be weary;
they will walk and not faint.

–Isaiah 40.31

Those who have no hope but God,
dragged out, drugged out and beaten down,
those who have to wait,
wait in line, wait for the check, wait for a place,
those who have surrendered everything,
the homeless and hopeless and harried,
the prostitute, the destitute, the dullest,
the single mom, the kid in the radio factory,
the woman trooping in for chemo
and the husband who drives her and the kids,
the prisoner in his solitary hell,
the native organizer at the mine in Chile,
the newly bewildered retiree,
the suburban housewife slowly drowning,
the kids of abuse and orphans with parents,
those who trust in something that has to be a mystery–
they will go on.
They will last the week, make the trek, bear the load.
They will beat the odds, they will defy the crowds,
they will overcome.
They will soar above their troubles.
They will be larger than their lives.
They will triumph, and be given victory.
Not by strength or will, not by brains or guts,
though they will need them all,
but because they are borne tenderly by the One
who created them. The Holy One lives in them, mightily.
Even angels are in awe. And they will prevail.

Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The Holy One who gives life never misses.
Into those from whom this world has sucked all the life,
God pours infinite life, life that sings,
life that soars up, life that shines forever.
They are themselves in God,
and that will save them.
Those who wait for the Lord
will run and not be weary,
they will walk and not faint.

Deep Blessings,
Pastor Steve


Steve Garnaas-Holmes
Unfolding Light

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