Monday, June 14, 2010

A Prayer for Waiting

Lately, I have been reading a wonderful little book called "Pray all Ways" by Edward Hays.  Last night, I read this prayer and couldn't wait to share it!   I have been rushing, running, and speeding the process as quickly as we can right now, because I know we have such a long road ahead of us, with lots of waiting.   This was such a good reminder of God's providence, and the importance of patience.   Although our family is still in the first stages of the journey. I know this pertinent for whatever stage of adoption you might be in....

Lord my God,
though I am confident that you hear my prayers
and that you fulfill all of my needs,
I find the need for you to teach me
the holy art of patience.
I hate to wait
and am in a hurry even now as I pray to you.
I am in a hurry to learn how to pray,
in a hurry to become holy,
in a hurry to do your will.
Reveal to me that your time is eternal
and that in your good time you will
our every prayer for peace and justice.
Meanwhile, may your delightful creature, the turtle,
be a symbol of my journey to you
who are my divine source and reward.
Let me stop my anxious rushing and follow his lead-
making my way, slow but sure,
day by day, prayer by prayer,
kind deed followed by attentive, kind deed,
toward you, my God.
Suprise me with the reward that
that if I can be patient with myself
and the seeming slowness of my unfolding
I shall find that it is much easier
to be loving with others.
Finally, Lord, I thank you
for your patience with me over all these years.
Share with me Lord,
your divine and enduring patience
I ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit.



  1. The reason I like this prayer is that it reminds me that God has been patient with me and the least I can do is show a little patience my self. I don't know how he does it, but his timing is always perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you SO much for sharing this prayer Brooke. I too keep wanting to hurry the process and get stressed when we are in a waiting phase like we are right now where there is nothing for us to do but wait. I keep reminding myself that God's timing is always perfect. Once we are united with our child we will understand why the waits and delays, everything will fall into place exactly how it should. God's will will be done.

  3. What a beautiful prayer and message. Thank you so much for sharing it. Of course you want that beautiful child now. It is only natural once you start the process, knowing that your child is out there somewhere, for you to want to be his/her parents as soon as possible. But trust me, regardless of how long it takes, regardless of how many hoops you have to jump through or how many mistakes others make that make the process that much longer, when you do find your child you will understand what all of that waiting was for, and you will be so happy with how everything turned out. It has been two years since we traveled to Poland to become a family (it was a 2 1/2 year journey for us from start to finish), and I would not change a thing about our experience. God knows what he is doing.