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April 16th, 2020 Daily Devotional

I read a reflection this morning by Andrew Taylor-Troutman, pastor of

Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church in Chapel Hill, NC. He writes

about this time of not knowing when we might be able to get back to the

things we miss. In pointing out that staying home protects others, he says,

“Waiting, then, is our holy calling.”

I am not a very patient person a lot of the time. I’ve recognized that “urgent”

is a word that appears with some regularity in my writing/preaching. So

“holy waiting” is a practice I need to intentionally cultivate. I suspect,

though, that this enforced waiting might open me to glimpses of the holy

that my impatience doesn’t always permit me to see.

I’m also mindful that my kind of waiting is a luxury—others are waiting to

recover, waiting to hear news about loved ones who are sick, waiting to find

moments of rest in the midst of caring for others, waiting to get back to

work or school, waiting to know whether the next check will come

through . . .

How are you experiencing “waiting” today?

Rev. Taylor-Troutman pointed me to these words from Psalm 130, so let’s

pray them together:

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,

and in his word I hope;

my soul waits for the Lord

more than those who watch for the morning,

more than those who watch for the morning.


Pastor Kate

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