Thinking about...
... Advent

 

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In the drab waiting-room

the failed travellers, resigned, sleep

on the hard benches, inured

to postponement and foul coffee.

Hope has given up on them.

There are also the impatient,

pacing platforms, and the driven,

purple with frustration, abusing

their mobiles, for the hardest part

of waiting is the not doing.

Truly to wait is pure dependence.

But waiting too long the heart

grows sclerotic. Will it still

be fit to leap when the time comes?

Prayer is waiting with desire.

Two ancient lives incarnate

century on century

of waiting forGod, their waiting-room

his temple, waiting on his presence,

marking time by practising

the cycle of sacrifices,

ferial and festival,

circling onward, spiralling

towards a centre out ahead,

seasons of revolving hope.

Holding out for God who cannot

be given up for dead, holding

him to his promises - not now,

not just yet, but soon, surely,

eyes will see what hearts await.

                                                                                                                   Richard Bauckham: Wait and See (Simeon and Anna)

O come, O come, and be our God-with-us

O long-sought With-ness for a world without,

O secret seed, O hidden spring of light.

Come to us Wisdom, come unspoken Name,

Come Root, and Key, and King, and holy Flame,

O quickened little wick so tightly curled,

Be folded with us into time and place,

Unfold for us the mystery of grace

And make a womb of all this wounded world.

O heart of heaven beating in the earth,

O tiny hope within our hopelessness,

Come to be born, to bear us to our birth,

To touch a dying world with new-made hands

And make these rags of time our swaddling bands.

                                                                                                                                           Malcolm Guite

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For a child has been born to us, a son is given to us;

he will bear the symbol of dominion on his shoulder, and his title will be:

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty Hero, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

                                                                                                                                                 Isaiah 9:6

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