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Thank You for Waiting 2 Peter 3:8-15a

Thank You for Waiting

We are called to wait, but what should we do while we wait?

At a Glance

Life these days involves a lot of waiting. We wait in traffic, wait in the doctor's office, wait to board a plane and wait on hold on the phone. It's gotten to the point that we expect to wait, so often we're prepared with something to do in the interim. Some people -- with a lot of time on their hands -- have suggested things we can do while waiting. As we wait for Jesus' return, the second Advent, what should we be doing? Today's epistle reading gives us some ideas.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Fake News," December 4, 2005, at

You need to call customer service. So you tap in the number and wait. Then there's a voice. "Thank you for waiting. Your call is important to us." You hear those words and you know you're going to be put on hold. Often, the robot voice will tell you how long the wait time is expected to be.

"The waiting is the hardest part," sang Tom Petty in his hit song with the Heartbreakers in 1981.


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