Last night, while waiting in a crowded hallway to go into the Longfellow Winter Concert, I read the bulletin boards I could see and saw a few portions from Longfellow's poem, "A Psalm of Life". And I looked at his portrait and I thought about these words, the closing stanza to the poem:
"Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait."
reading a sermon on advent called "Watching" by John Henry Newman given
way back in 1838, I've been thinking about this part:
"He watches for Christ who has a sensitive, eager, apprehensive mind; who
is awake, alive, quick-sighted, zealous in seeking and honouring Him;
who looks out for Him in all that happens, and who would not be
surprised, who would not be over-agitated or overwhelmed, if he found
that He was coming at once."
Wanting to live a better
and more honoring life. Honoring the value of life, honoring the value
of time, opportunities, gifts. Watching for Christ does not mean I look
right over what is happening around me now, it means that I am watching
for Christ in the moment and in the future.