Learning to wait

Advent is a time of waiting. Our whole life, however, is

Advent–that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate,

for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth,

when all people are brothers and sisters and one rejoices in the words of the angels:

“On earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests.”

Learn to wait, because he has promised to come.

“I stand at the door…”

We however call to him: “Yes, come soon,

Lord Jesus!”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, A Testament to Freedom: the essential writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

God will not be distracted

” . . . difficulties are magnified out of all proportion simply by fear and anxiety.  From the moment we wake until we fall asleep we must commend other people wholly and unreservedly to God and leave them in his hands, and transform our anxiety for them into prayers on their behalf: With sorry and with grief . . . God will not be distracted.”  (Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Letters from Prison)