For deliverance from oppression, but not with violence.
For an end to war, but not through battle.
For freedom, but not through coercion.
We wait, awake.
As slumber weighs heavy on our brow, our eyes cry to see.
As exhausted our feet, they holler for life.
As strength wains, muscles scream for vibrance.
We wait, tested.
Though lonely alone, we trust in presence.
Though hunger panged, memories of manna sustain.
Though afflicted with work, sabbath calls us home.
We wait, assured.
Death speaks, but never the last word.
Division stands, but will fall.
Darkness lasts, but not forever.
For covenant faithfulness.
For loving kindness.
For peace on earth.
This is forever the greatest wait, because it is God who ends our waiting.
In a manger.
Simultaneously a sinner and a saint.