WYD: Patiently waiting for what God has in store

By Emily Anderson
One in a series

BARCELONA, Spain — After flying across the world to Australia for World Youth Day 2008, a little six-and-a-half-hour flight followed up by another two-hour plane ride is nothing. Still after traveling for almost 18 hours patience wears so thin!

World Youth Day is all about patience, with yourself and one another. I can totally hear the super-patient teen ask me what’s next and all I can say is “waiting.” See, World Youth Day truly is about waiting: waiting for a whole group to be together; waiting for the next thing we are doing; waiting for our Lord at the overnight vigil.

I once heard a man talk about how he waits for no one. But as Catholics, we are called to wait for him who we seek. We are people that wait and my prayer as always is to be someone that waits well. I want to wait well for what the Lord has in store! Hopefully, in small ways these next two weeks, each of us can truly wait well.

Emily “Em” Anderson, 28, is the director of youth ministry at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, Va. She is excited to be traveling with seven teens and two other adults from her ministry. This is her second World Youth Day, having trekked across the world to Sydney with 10 teens for World Youth Day in 2008. She enjoys laughing, singing at the top of her lungs — rather badly — praying liturgy of the hours and planning her next party.

5 Responses

  1. What a great Advent opportunity outside of the one getting ready for Christmas. Or, will Jesus come again in an unexpected way once again in Spain?
    wait with you.

  2. “I wait upon the Lord,
    For his word of promise my soul waits;
    As ever watchman that looked for the day.
    Patient as watchman at dawn,
    For the Lord Israel waits, the Lord with whom there is mercy,
    With whom is abundant power to ransom.
    He it is that will ransom Israel from all
    His iniquities.” _Psalm 129:5-8

  3. Elizabeth,

    This is a great prayer for patience!

    Your Friend,
    Drew Andersen

  4. Grace? Coincidence? At mass Sunday we read that God has his way in the glory of the little, the virtue of patience goes with the “still small voice” as experienced by Elijah below.

    1 Kings 19:9-18
    9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.
    The LORD Appears to Elijah
    And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
    10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
    11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”
    Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. (The King James renders it, “came a still small voice.”)13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

    After this we sang, the hymn: “Be still my soul” (text, Schlegel, music, Sibelius from Finlandia).

    I hope youths can experience the sacred music that predates the 1970’s.

    Joel P. Lecturer, Philosophy and Ethics

  5. “Good is the Lord to the one who waits for Him – to the soul that seeks Him” Lamentations 3:25 By far one of my favorite verses. Miss you office BFF!!

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