"Waiting is essential to the spiritual life. But waiting
as a disciple of Jesus is not an empty waiting. It is a
waiting with a promise in our hearts that makes
already present what we are waiting for. We wait
during Advent for the birth of Jesus. We wait after
Easter for the coming of the Spirit, and after the
ascension of Jesus we wait for his coming again in
glory. We are always waiting, but it is a waiting in the
conviction that we have already seen God's footsteps.
Waiting for God is an active, alert - yes, joyful - waiting.
As we wait we remember him for whom we are waiting,
and as we remember him we create a community ready
to welcome him when he comes."
-- Henri Nouwen