Pause

Waiting can be very hard.

But sometimes as we wait, God does the most important work in us. Keeping focused and watching carefully for God’s good work in our world can renew us each and every day.

Slow down for a moment, think, reflect, and pray for God’s work as you watch and wait.

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Listen

But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-5

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Think

Psalm 30 says, “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes in the morning.” Saint John of the Cross, a 16th century Christian mystic, composed a poem dubbing these spiritual deserts “The Dark Night of the Soul.” The poem so influenced later Christians, that even Mother Teresa described her own spiritual struggles in the same way. Doubt, fear, unresolved anger, lack of forgiveness, lack of love for self, perpetual isolation, and separation from God can all be markers of this kind of spiritual night.

The reality is, our faith is often tested, and we walk through our own dark nights, wondering if and when the light of day will ever shine brightly again. Even when we are in the dark, we are reminded that we are already people of the day. The day of the Lord comes not to surprise us, but to comfort us. We do not have to wait in fear for the Lord’s arrival. Instead we wait with great hope. Weeping may linger for a season, and the dark night may sometimes prevail, but you are a person of the light.

Jeanell Cox

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Pray

God of light, help me to wait for morning joy with excitement, knowing that you have created me to be a person of the light. Thank you for your light in me. Help me to shine brightly when I can and to remember even when I cannot that your light has not left me and will shine again. Amen.

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Go

Go in the light, living as a person of the day, including all those around you and yourself in the circle of God’s love. Anticipate the joy of God’s good work in you and in the world. Watch and wait with hope. Amen.

Jeanell Cox

Jeanell Cox is a Board Certified Chaplain who is currently employed by the North Carolina Chaplains' Association as the Administrative Coordinator. She is married to the Rev. Christopher Ingram. Together they have three sons and one lazy dachshund.

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