Waiting...or wandering...

Waiting for Christ to Come
by Henri Nouwen

"If we do not wait patiently in expectation for God's coming in glory, we start wandering around, going from one little sensation to another. Our lives get stuffed with newspaper items, television stories, and gossip. Then our minds lose the discipline of discerning between what leads us closer to God and what doesn't, and our hearts gradually lose their spiritual sensitivity.

"Without waiting for the second coming of Christ, we will stagnate quickly and become tempted to indulge in whatever gives us a moment of pleasure. When Paul asks us to wake from sleep, he says: "Let us live decently, as in the light of day; with no orgies or drunkenness, no promiscuity or licentiousness, and no wrangling or jealousy. Let your armour be the Lord Jesus Christ, and stop worrying about how your disordered natural inclinations may be fulfilled" (Romans 13:13-14). When we have the Lord to look forward to, we can already experience him in the waiting."

Henri Nouwen


  • What words or scenes come to your mind/heart when you think about waiting? How do you feel about those words/scenes?
  • In general, would you characterize your life as waiting or wandering? Or ???
  • What is your life stuffed with? How might that keep you developing your spiritual sensitivity?
  • What have you intentionally scheduled into your week that leads you closer to God?