Advent a Puzzle of Waiting
As we humbly linger in the vigil of Advent,
the whole world holds its breath.
We can listen to it inhale, hoping against hope
(while clouded a bit by doubt)
for this is unknown territory
because maybe, for once, it isn’t about us after all.
Should we reconsider our course?
What should we do? How should we handle it?
How do we accomplish the needed changes?
Our hearts expand and ponder, dithering
until at long last we are led
in an explosion of revelation
to offload what we
are worried about and struggling with
those vexing difficulties
we routinely, regularly ruminate about, so repeatedly
and suddenly, in a flash of acquiescence
we simply let God work it all out
for which we will happily wait
and attentively watch
to dazzle us
in His own manner and time
showing us the way
to put down
all our hurts and human will
for what a relief it would be
to be truly unburdened,
lighter, open, and ready
to be surprised by grace
in all its mildness and power
obtaining mercy, restitution, and resolution
like obscure jigsaw puzzle pieces
put back together in place
by a mighty, patient, deliberate, and knowing hand
forming a glorious picture
of His plan and purpose for us all:
one of harmony, mutual respect, and eternal love.
by Polly Castor