Earlier in the year there was a grid blog (where various people blog about the same thing) around the idea of waiting. I blogged avery few days for some time on some thoughts around waiting.
At the other end of the year, in a very different place we are in a different part of the church calandar - then was lent, now it's advent. Both have waiting as a theme.
I've been thinking around wiating this last week for a number of reasons, especially that I'm leading a couple of our Sunday gathering times over the next few weeks and going to lead one on waiting. Some people have also been blogging about it and some mailing lists I'm on ahve had the theme a bit!
Lots of thoughts around it but it has taken me back to earlier in the year and probably the person (that I know of) who enjoyed my waiting series of blogs the most, the person who emailed me if I missed a few days and asked me where the next post was, because he found himself "waiting" (we enjoyed the irony of that!) for my post, in eager expectation. That person was Paul, whose death I blogged about a few months ago.
So as I enter a time of thinking about waiting, it is in a place of being very conscious that as I ponder it, blog about it, live it, Paul is no longer part of that journey ... at least not in the way he was. His journey of waiting in this life is over. The thing he longed for and waited for the most is his! However, as I "wait", as I ponder the theme of waiting this advent it is with the very real presence of the loss of Paul in my life ... in our blogging life especially.