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Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Sitting Next to a Nun Waiting for Sext (i.e. The Sixth Hour)
She entered the building differently than I
reverent bowing
quiet sitting
clasping prayer with hands
living water dripping down her furrowed brow
actively
watching
awaiting
the Hour
her habit. . . . .
while I passed the time
looking for something to do
For me the room was empty
For her, Full.

To prepare the way of the Lord
is to welcome Him
always
in new ways
anticipatorily
Here dwells the meaning of Advent
All else is distraction.


Photo: David in his first Kindergarten school play--releasing his robust line "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! That's his teacher Ms. Adams alongside him. Been a good first semester.

Poem Comment: On Monday I spent the day at the Abbey of Gethsemane with Josh Agerton who leads our worship design team at the seminary. As we waited for the noon prayer time to begin (i.e. sext) a nun entered the room. My observation led to the composition of these lines.

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posted by John David Walt | at 12/19/2006 07:59:00 PM

 

4 Comments:

Blogger melissa d. said...

what a cool perspective on Advent. i love how you used the word "anticipatorily". i think i might write that in big letters and post it somewhere where i'll see it all the time for at least the next week.

9:59 PM EST  
Blogger eli said...

my thoughts exactly...where did you come up with anticipatorily? btw, i know there is a way to keep the requirement for us to enter the letters in a box, but not make it where you have to approve the comments before they show up.

7:54 AM EST  
Blogger corey said...

so powerful...
different.

6:51 PM EST  
Blogger brandon said...

These are the days I long for the life of the monks. Maybe soon, we can meet at Gethsemane for the day.

Thanks for posting this. I can truly picture this scene.

1:06 PM EST  

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