Posts Tagged ‘waiting’

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By Ann Chen

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Recently, somebody asked me why, and I honestly answered that I didn’t know why except that I’m drawn to its soulful sound and that I hadn’t really processed what the words meant.

O come, O come, Emmanuel

And ransom captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

Shall come to thee, O Israel.

I took it upon myself to reflect more deeply about the lyrics of this song. (more…)

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Photo by Mike Behnken

(In her previous post, Tina shared her inner ache to serve in Christian ministry again, even as a mom with a baby girl only just turned one.  A continuation of her reflections…)

By Tina Teng-Henson

I do not shape my life or direct my steps. I do not even know if I will have a tomorrow, honestly. (more…)

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By Eun Joo Angela Ryo

I work at a youth residential detention facility with undocumented unaccompanied minors. They are boys under the age of 18, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, who have been detained at the border as they try to enter the United States without proper documents. Some have been drug or sex trafficked but most of them cross on their own hoping to be reunited with their parents or relatives. (more…)

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By Uyen Dang

Restless for over four years, I had been seeking a career or life change. However, the Lord kept on telling me to “wait for him.”  Being a person who is used to making decisions and being proactive, it was difficult to wait for him instead of taking matters in my own hands. (more…)

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By Margaret Yu

It has been said that how we wait for others oftentimes is an indication of our hearts. If we are able to wait calmly, people say that we are ‘patient’; the converse, then, being that we are impatient.  What is  not often emphasized is the condition of our hearts as we wait. Waiting gives us a window into our soul and core. (more…)

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Shared by Nadia Siswanto

What have you been learning lately?

I’ve been going through a desert season of my life, feeling discouraged and low on hope.  One recent evening, the events of the day came rushing back to my memory and I had a sudden realization.  Earlier that day, I had been surrounded by women friends from my community group and we had an amazing time, breaking bread, laughing and crying together.  For many years, I had prayed for a solid community of Christian women friends in LA and it wasn’t until that moment that I realized that God had been faithful.  I never expected that these women would be the answer to my prayers nor did I expect they would share my love for yummy food!

I’ve been seeing this pattern in my life, over and over:  It seems that every good gift that I’ve received from God – usually in the form of significant people being brought into my life — has involved a long wait and the cultivation of patience.  During the waiting period, I tend to ask God, Why does it have to take this long? (more…)

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