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A Waiting People | An Advent Prayer

December 19, 2012

Amy Gilbaugh

We are a world of waiting people.

Waiting for the bus.

Waiting for the next available teller.

Waiting for them to find a cure.

Waiting for the light to turn green.

And we are not a patient people.

We tap our feet

fumble with our keys

and roll our eyes

to hurry you along

because on the other side of this wait

is more waiting to be had.

There is another line

another appointment

another train to catch.

And in this quiet morning moment

we know

we have had



Enough days unsatisfied



Enough with the waiting for the next better



Our longings are of a different breed


we wait because we do not know what else to do.

We’re waiting for You.

And no amount of foot tapping

key fumbling

or eye rolling

will quicken Your steps.

We’re just waiting.




Would You please come soon?

We’re waiting.

Hi, friend. I'm Amy. Mostly, I’m just another twenty-something trying to figure out the stuff of life. I am a nerdy seminary student who loves the smell of old books and early mornings in the library. I am an artist wanabee, a liberal to the conservative and conservative to the liberal, guilty social justice groupie, and a recovering Bible know-it-all with the unreal ability to put my foot in my mouth an astonishing number of times each day. I am a sister to eight of the most hysterical creatures ever created. Good theology, used book stores, and autumn make me giddy. I preach passionately, think deeply, and ask too many questions. I write prayers, poetry and prose. I write about preaching bad and good, gender roles in the Church, the sacraments, stupid things we do on Sunday, politics, and almost everything else that you are not supposed to discuss in polite company. I also blog at oneyellowbird.blogspot.com. Welcome to the journey.

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