Stories of Hope – December 18

12 18Exspectetur sicut pluvial elquium Domini: et descendet super nos sicut ros Deus noster. 

We wait for the word of the Lord as we wait for the rains and our God shall come down upon us like gentle dew. -Monastic liturgy

At times, when we struggle, we pray that God would intervene. “Help, God!” we cry. The poetic and anguish-filled cry of the prophet Isaiah says it this way: “O, that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” There are times when we come to our wit’s end and become angry with our powerful God. In our most difficult moments, we wrestle with what God is or is not doing in our world and in our lives. The Almighty begins to seem either weak or indifferent.

We wait for God as we wait for rains in a desert. We are desperate for help and hope.

And sometimes, when we tire of wrestling…when we are all prayed out…we rest. We pause. We wait. We sleep on it a time or two…or twelve. And when we wake again, there God is, “like gentle dew.”

We wake from our era of anguish to find that God is everywhere again, not splashing down like a great rainstorm, but simply there, with the new day.

God doesn’t always come the way we want God to, or the way we expect. But God does show up. God is present with each new day.

  1. When have you experienced God’s presence in the midst of a difficult time?
  2. Have your questions about God ever led to a deepening of your faith?
  3. What questions do you have for God today?

Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, we wait for you. We long for you to come into our world and make it right. We pray for healing, wholeness, freedom, and beauty for all people. Do your good work, and help us to trust that you will. Give us faith in your timing. Use our questions to lead us into a deeper and more authentic faith. Amen.


All italicized quotes, poems, and prayers come from An Advent Sourcebook (Liturgy Training Publications/Chicago, IL, 1986).

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