Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some would regard ‘delay,’ But He is patient with you...”
While putting the lights around our Christmas tree, my wife got frustrated. The lights got tangled, and the feeling of impatience got the best of her. I’m sure you’ve probably experienced it before too. You take the lights out of the box after a year, prepare to wrap them around the tree, only to find the wires intertwined to the point where you don’t know one end from the other.
Well, that was my cue.
I stepped in, grabbed the lights, sat down, and untangled it. It took some time, and it wasn’t easy, but that’s how I saved Christmas 2017... just kidding about that last part! After I handed the lights back to my wife, she looked relieved and said I have a lot of patience. That’s when I realized, most times, what we ask for is best appreciated after waiting.
In today’s second reading, the message is God’s time is always perfect. When He delivers, it’s always when you least expect and most need it. But a lot of times, being patient is easier said than done. It’s all about focus. If you train your mind to know God will deliver, you won’t have those feelings of impatience, but rather trust; especially this time of year.
Think of your problems as a mess of tangled lights. If you sit down, ask God for a little patience, you can always untangle the clutter.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Do you give God a chance to fix the messes in your life or are you too impatient?
Do you trust in God's goodness? Why or why not?
Do you trust in God's timing? Why or why not?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"You are Good."
"Jesus, I trust in You."
"Come Holy Spirit."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Think about the biggest things you are struggling with in your life right now. Think about the smallest things and everything in between as well. Hand them over to God and patiently wait. Let this be an Advent of Trust. Maybe even start praying the Litany of Trust.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Brandon Hudson, a news reporter in Philadelphia, PA.