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Waiting For The Lord


Lighting the Christmas Tree in Sisimiut, Greenland on the 1st Sunday in Advent. Photo by Nuka Kristiansen via Wikipedia

One afternoon, I stepped into the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane at the foot of the Mount of Olives.  With its dark purple windows, little light penetrates this building, so called because people from all over the world contributed to its construction.  On this day, I sat down on a folding chair and after a short time noticed a young man in his twenties directly in front of me.  Evidently an American, he leaned forward in his chair with his eyes fixed on the sanctuary and the dimly lit altar.

Apparently, he had traveled a long way, with a serious purpose on his mind, to this holy place of Gethsemane where Jesus had waited on His Father for consolation and strength.  Not a sightseer, as so many visitors to the Church were that day, this man at the beginning of his adulthood was, like Jesus, “waiting on the Lord.”

What was on his mind, I could only guess, perhaps a wonderment what to do with his life, maybe seeking an answer to the kind of work he should do.  He may have been experiencing a dissatisfaction with his lifestyle and was looking for a better way of serving God.

He had come to this holy Temple of God to await the enlightenment of the Lord, for inspiration from God, looking for His consolation and strength.  Just next door in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus had sweat blood in His agony of “waiting on the Lord”, saying, “Father, if You will, take this cup of suffering away from me.”

This young pilgrim went away from this Church a different person after spending several hours before the Lord.  His spirit of faith, his willingness to give time to God in this sacred place of Gethsmane brought a change in his attitude towards life.

Everyone has the chance to “wait for the Lord” in this Advent Season.  You may agonize in a spell of darkness and dryness of spirit, your soul filled with the tedium of living.  Perhaps, a crisis has risen in your marriage; those close to you have broken your heart.  Sickness has claimed you and dear ones.  Like this young man in the Temple, “wait for the Lord.”  Refuse to give up or allow happenings to overcome your faith in the Lord Who never disappoints those who wait for His coming with His strength, consolation and hope.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 30, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins |


  1. Thank you for yet another inspiring lesson. I look forward to getting these posts.

    Arlene Johnson

    Comment by Arlene A. Johnson | November 30, 2015 | Reply

  2. Thank you for your reminder to never give up. You have touched me thiis morning and I have renewed enthusiasm for life.

    Comment by krega | November 30, 2015 | Reply

  3. Hi Fr. George! How are you doing? I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving. Thank you for another post in your blog – always a treasure to read your writings. The richness of this story has touched me significantly today – as someone close to me has had a terrible disappointment and is very sad… it brought up for me a time when I too had such sadness over a loss… and at that time, I turned away from God but you and my mom brought me around. Now, I can’t imagine being away from Our Lord. Another Advent here already – the year has flown by. Another year of reading your posts, how LUCKY we are for that! I look forward to many more words of wisdom from you… you are such a great writer and priest. And what a great picture! It reminded me of a play that I have heard about but have been unable to get tickets. It is called Come From Away and it involves the story of the many planes that were diverted to Iceland on 9/11 and how the town welcomed the many airline passengers into their homes, feeding them, letting them do laundry! I wish I could go see it but it has completely sold out. The generosity of spirit at that time – priceless. And now, with so many ‘events’ in the world – we all need the grace of God and love to keep us going. Love you, Fr. George – you are so dear to me!


    Comment by Nancy Kolember Westvang | November 30, 2015 | Reply

  4. “Refuse to give up or allow happenings to overcome your faith in the Lord Who never disappoints those who wait for His coming with His strength, consolation and hope.” Father McKenna never disappoints either! Ever grateful for your wisdom and devotion and guidance. At Thanksgiving and always, thankful for all of you giving. Nan B.

    Comment by Nan Brennan | November 30, 2015 | Reply

  5. Loved this blog post. Waiting on the Lord shows a trust and a faith in Him. Brought my mind immediately to one of my favorite verses, Isaiah 40:31. “But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint.”

    Comment by Kathleen Martin | November 30, 2015 | Reply

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