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Are you a waiting person?

waitingA waiting person is a patient person. The word “patience” means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere. The moment is empty. But patient people dare to stay where they are. Patient living means to live actively in the present and wait there. Waiting, then, is not passive. It involves nurturing the moment, as a mother nurtures the child that is growing in her womb.

Henri Nouwen, Eternal Seasons, p. 38

Henri Nouwen describes waiting as “nurturing the moment.”  In light of what’s written above, ‘nurturing the moment’ is a very powerful statement.

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  1. I’m an impatiently waiting to be patient. 🙂

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  2. I need to work on that while the girls are working on their lesson in the morning. Too often, I start trying to hurry them along with that row of letters or coloring page, instead of watching for the tiny miracles the Lord has hidden in the morning for me. Thanks for the reminder. Peace be with you — Kelly

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