What Are You Waiting For?

I see in your soul
what’s mirrored in mine.
You’re waiting too

for the pandemic to end
to see everyone’s faces
no proof required

for the pain to stop
the days to get longer
the path to be clear

for stuff to stop
shaking up
our snow globe lives

to get everything done
and finally rest

to be thanked

for the storms to be stilled
the prisoners freed
a room at the inn.

We close our eyes
hold our breath 
and wait 
until we can’t

hold it 

Wait  with me
until the snow globe 
and we open our eyes 
to see 

God’s not waiting
for that moment to arrive.

This scratchy darkness
is a manger.

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I cannot tell you
how the light comes,
but that it does.
That it will.
That it works its way
into the deepest dark
that enfolds you. . .

–Jan Richardson, “How the Light Comes”

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Love Mischief for the World

Advent 4: Tell

Mary didn’t just ponder these things in her heart. She went and visited her cousin Elizabeth who was also with child.

As you light this fourth advent candle, consider who might like to hear about your inner experience of God. Where would your visit take place–on a Zoom call, after church, over coffee? Imagine their joy and yours as you share how Christ is being birthed in you. Perhaps they will tell you how God is being birthed in them.

What love mischief are you and God doing for the world?
Let me know and I will include it in an upcoming post.

Credits and References:
“Dogs in Waiting” by Raj Deut Used with permission.
Poem “What Are You Waiting For?” by Esther Hizsa, 2021.
“Dog in Manger” taken in New York, Saint Patrick’s cathedral by Jackie Bouchard. Used with permission.
“Fourth Sunday in Advent” by Jürgen Mangelsdorf. Used with permission

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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