Waiting is an Art

PLEASE NOTE:  This Advent season at Faith Lutheran we are using Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “God is in the Manger” devotional booklet for daily devotions and weekly sermon themes.  What follows has been taken from that booklet.


A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth… Isaiah 11:1-4a


Celebrating Advent means being able to wait.  Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten.  It wants to break open the ripe fruit when it has hardly finished planting the shoot.  But all too often the greedy eyes are only deceived; the fruit that seemed so precious is still green on the inside, and disrespectful hands ungratefully toss aside what has so disappointed them.  Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting – that is, of hopefully doing without – will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment.


Those who do not know how it feels to struggle anxiously with the deepest questions of life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated for them.  And for those who do not want to win the friendship and love of another person – who do not expectantly open up their soul to the soul of the other person, until friendship and love come, until they make their entrance – for such people the deepest blessing of the one life of two intertwined souls will remain forever hidden.


For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait.  It happens not here in a storm but according to the divine laws of sprouting, growing, and becoming.


Let us pray:  Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.  By your merciful protection alert us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and redeem us for your life of justice, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.


12 Responses to “Waiting is an Art”

  1. mary Says:

    Thank you for the daiy devotions. i have missed it so much. Keep up the good work. The current devotions are beautiful.

    mary/south carolina

  2. Melba Says:

    Welcome back. It was worth the wait

    • Mayara Says:

      i have four on my left hand and one on my right, which i never take off. they’re all gifts from people haha. my dad, grmnada, bf and a tiny chrome hearts one, which is from a friend. on my right hand i have a love bracelet from cartier which was also a gift from my grmnada.

  3. Joyce Says:

    Thank you!!

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you for the gift of daily devotions..I’ve missed your messages.

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