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March 20

Elementary:

We begin our prayer in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 130 says, "My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning."

Did you ever work and wait for something that seems to take forever to happen – like learning to swim, play sports or learning to play a musical instrument?

Waiting can drive us a little crazy sometimes because so many things are out of our control and so many things take time.

The psalm author teaches us that waiting can be good too. Waiting for God allows us to practice our faith as we learn how to welcome Jesus and others into our lives.

In Lent, waiting is the tending of the fire of faith in our hearts and lives as we wait to meet Jesus in new and deeper ways. Waiting can help us take time to look and recognize Jesus all around us.

We pray: Lord, help us to see your presence around us as we wait to grow up. Amen.

Today is also the International Francophonie Day and we ask God's blessings on all who celebrate  the French language and Francophone culture.

We end our prayer by opening our hearts to holy waiting in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.​


High School: 

We begin our prayer in the name of the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 130 says, "My soul waits for the LORD, more than watchmen for the morning."

Waiting can be painful, even excruciating. Waiting for a someone to come home late at night. Waiting on a phone call in anticipation of a job after months of unemployment. Waiting in the doctor's office for results of anxiety-provoking tests. Waiting seems to be anything but healthy. Waiting to work up the courage to approach someone you like.

The psalmist, however, teaches us that waiting can be good too. Waiting for God is more than just bracing for the worst. Waiting is a kind of soul work. Waiting is preparing, getting ready, even in the face of an uncertainty that might produce anxiety.

And, as with the watchmen, waiting is the work of tending the fire. Maintaining the fire for those who will be arriving in the cold of the dawn hour. The watchman knew the future depended upon his faithfulness to the work at hand.

Waiting is the vocation, or call, of the soul. A sacred vocation of waiting is preparing for the day found in the rising of the sun. In Lent waiting is the tending of the fire of faith. And waiting can help us sync up with the healthy work of God, preparing for those who have yet to arrive in our life. Waiting on the Lord is a fruitful endeavor.

Today is also the International Francophonie Day and so we ask God's blessings on all who celebrate the French language and Francophone culture.

We end our prayer by opening our hearts to holy waiting in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.