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Joyfully Waiting

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 130:1-8 (NRSV)

Elizabeth Livingston live in Maharashtra, India. Before her husband left on a recent trip, he promised their five-year-old son that he would return soon. For the next few days, their son would jump every time he heard the sound of the front gate opening. He would run to me and say, "Papa came!" Each time Elizabeth would tell him that it was not his dad but their neighbor who opened the gate. But their son wouldn't get disappointed. He knew that maybe the next time it would be his dad. And after five long days of waiting, it was his dad who opened the gate. Their son's joy knew no bounds as he jumped into his papa's arms.

How Elizabeth wishes to have such faith in her heavenly Father - a faith that joyfully waits, that is confident and determined, and that finds what it seeks. When we experience a season of waiting, we can hold on to God's promises and remain steadfast in our faith. Holding on to hope, we can trust in God's love for us and know that our faith is not in vain.

Prayer: Dear Father, please help us to wait on you joyfully, knowing that you are a faithful and loving God. We pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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