The Wait of Song


Be patient, brothers and sisters,
until the coming of the Lord.
See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth,
being patient with it
until it receives the early and the late rains.
You too must be patient.
Make your hearts firm,
because the coming of the Lord is at hand.   James 5: 7 – 8


          I’m not sure if I’ve ever been so conscious of the phrase be patient as I have recently. These two little words seem to be popping up rather frequently before my seeking heart.

This divine Heart is naught but sweetness, humility and patience, therefore, we must wait. . . He knows when to act.

~  St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

          For good reason too, I guess, for patience has never been my virtue. Even if time and age have smoothened out some of the tension and tightness that is part of the wait for any fulfilment, I’m far from being cured of running my gaze over the distant hills, trying to make out the shapes in the mists beyond.

          But the good Lord to Whom no fold or crease of my spirit is foreign, has gently tucked the remedy for waiting into my Advent knowing this year. Every time the holy call of patience comes, God asks that I


          To not save my paeans of joy for only sunbursts, pieces of good news that lift the heart to soaring heights.

          Instead, to sing with my heart, at the tiniest sighting of spring in the sombre winter’s wait. To sing even when snowdrifts threaten to bury deep the few lamps that burn.

          Indeed, that must be the way of my wait, till the Child King comes,

The wait of song.



  1. Wonderful! I have found myself doing something I rarely do – sing in the car. I’m not a very accomplished songstress but found my voice this last week… and this is the song I can’t get out of my head or my heart and must instead sing it from my mouth!

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    1. I imagine it would be tough to sing when we’re facing frustrations and setbacks or even when we’re tired, dull and listless. Hence, it makes sense that God might ask it of us in times of joy as well as in times of difficulty as a panacea for all we’re going through.


    1. And thank you, Ann, for the many times you have helped me be stronger, more patient and more thankful. Often, the graces needed to get through tough times are right there but I don’t see them because I’m fixated on the difficulties of the moment. Thank God for precious friends like you who help me to realise just how rich I am.

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  2. That is a beautiful thought… that you overcome adversity with a song! I will think of that this Christmastime. (Psalm 144:9) “I will sing unto the Lord a new song.” May it bring you peace and blessings!

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    1. When the world over is racked by gloom and doom, it is understandable that we might not feel like being cheery. But I sense that God’s edict that I make room for song in my heart simply means that no matter how dark the skies above us become, it is not an excuse to allow that same darkness to permeate our spirits. It does not mean we must keep our distance or turn away from those who are in the season of suffering and hardship just to keep cheery, as some are wont to do. No, God is telling me that even as we bind ourselves in solidarity with suffering souls, the lamps within us must forever be lit.

      That is the message of Christmas.


      1. You are right! That is the message of Christmas! The lamps within our souls must be forever lit, and it is so; an eternal lamp is there for us, God Himself. It is true that the world can make us ‘blue’, but we must rise above it each and every day. God’s love and light dances within our souls; Christmas is alive and well in the soul of every believer. Perhaps, when we are afraid, we must think only of Heaven and the outpouring of light. We do not face the darkness alone. How blessed we are!!! How great is the gift we have been given! Praise God!

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