We are yearning for Christ
It will be said on that day,
Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, so that he might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited. Let us be glad and rejoice.
Just as the love of a mother for her son can grow while she is waiting for
his return, and just as lovers can rediscover each other during long per-
iods of absence, so also a intimate relation with God can become more
mature while we wait patiently in expectation for his return. (Henri J. M.
Nouwen, Out of Solitude.
Henri Nouwen invites us to reflect on the tension between our desire for a solitude and the demands of contemporary life. He reminds us that it was in solitude that Jesus found the courage to follow God‘s will. And he shows us that fruitful love and service must spring from a living relationship with God. Beautifully written, elegantly simple, Out of Solitude, as fresh today as it is/was thirty years ago.
“We want to overcome problems and adversities and want to change at all costs. An alternative is to care for ourselves, each other, and our world.”
Thomas Moore – from the Foreword
Imagine the disappointment of the apostles when Jesus did not return in their
lifetimes. They waited for him faithfully, so eagerly. They must of missed him in
an almost gut-wrenching way, they who were accustomed to being in his physical
Let’s use our imaginations and share their experience. Let’s imagine walking with
Jesus in the fields, listening to his worries, witnessing his compassion. Let us all
imagine eating lunch with him or laughing together art something funny that one
said. Let’s be one of them and miss him like they did. Let’s be one of them and
miss him like they did. Let us yearn for the return of Christ like the apostles did.
Let us all await his return with their eagerness and fulness.
He is our friend too.
Lord Jesus, you walked this earth long ago. We were not there. We did not see
you healthe sicj or cast out demons. We did not witness your death or a rising
from the dead. But we follow you each day. We await your return. Amen.