One of my favorite priests used to throw in a few extra words that really resonated with me at the end of one of the Catholic mass prayers. I think it was the Eucharistic Prayer. The words, not part of a script, still from God, just coming out of Father James’ mouth, stuck with me even to this day and he hasn’t been my priest in over a decade.
We will work and wait and watch….he would say. Reminding me we can’t just sit on our laurels, we have to do the work, be ready for the next thing as we lean hopefully into the future.
I came across these three words again the other day, strung together in a lovely sentence.
You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up, says writer Anne Lamont in her book Bird by Bird on giving writing advice.
These words apply to our dreams, our faith, our goals, where ever we are in life, which ever place we are standing in.
I needed to hear them again after all these years. Strung together like a beaded necklace…hanging on a branch, waiting for me to walk by and pluck them off.
by J.G. McGlothern