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For those who wait

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October is Clergy Appreciation Month. We are grateful for the multiple creative ways that they serve in ministry. Thankful for those who are an inspiration because their life is a reflection of the One they serve. This is dedicated to the Clergy who are tangible evidence of the Lord’s Love. Thank you for being true to God’s genuine call and serving in authenticity. 

There is a familiar thread that is woven in the tapestry of ministry is the call of the gift of presence, intentional listening and waiting. This is for all of you … who wait with others. May you remember the One who waits with you.

For Those Who Wait …..

“ … but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Isaiah 40:31 NRSV

“ I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

This is for those of you who know what it means to wait. You spend precious time waiting on and with others.

You wait with them as they wade through moments of uncertainty, exhaustion, grief and the unknown.

You understand the ministry of presence through waiting and intentional listening.

You understand that waiting is a part of ministry. Life requires moments of waiting, those unexpected and often unwanted pauses that may seem to stop the journey.

You comfort others in these multiple moments of waiting.

You know what it means to wait …

You are present and are with them in the waiting.

In the midst of these waits, you have accompanied others and watched as they have released weights.

You accompany them through their journeys.

This prayer is for those of you who know what it means to wait.

It is dedicated to the ones who spend time waiting on and with others.

The Creator spends precious time waiting on and with YOU.

The Creator is present and with YOU in the waiting as YOU wade through moments of uncertainty, exhaustion, grief and the unknown.

This prayer is a reminder that YOU are accompanied and covered in prayer as YOU wait.

May YOU receive moments to refuel in the midst of waits.

May YOU be given an opportunity to release some weight while YOU wait.

Remember that YOU are accompanied by the One who understands the ministry of presence and intentional listening.

YOU are accompanied by the One who will never leave you and will wait with YOU.

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