The patient #71 bus crowd

These people are waiting for the bus on a cold morning. We waited a long time.

The bus took me to a monastery in Cambridge, where I spent the day with monks. They are highly skilled at waiting. They are my mentors in the art of waiting. 

At lunch with the monks, one eats in silence. When finished, one does not leap up and leave the room. Rather, one waits until everyone is finished, and the superior leads a final prayer. 

I spent time that day preparing to speak a word of hope to people who are waiting. They’ve lost loved ones, and they are waiting for their souls to readjust, waiting to be able to continue life with a semblance of normalcy. They would gather in Storey Chapel at Mt. Auburn Cemetery and wait their turn to light a candle. I spend my day with the monks waiting for inspiration: what word do I have for them?

That evening, I waited again for the bus to take me back to Watertown. But it was snowing, and Mt. Auburn St. was dark, quiet, as muffled, though a blanket had been tossed over it. I didn’t mind waiting.

The next morning, I woke up later than I meant to, keeping someone waiting with whom I was meant to pray. I didn’t have to wait long to be forgiven for my trespass, which was a blessing.

What are you waiting for? And where? And with whom?


About amymccreath

I'm a pastor and mother who loves to make connections between people, between ideas, and between stuff we label "sacred" and "secular." I aspire to be like a Cedar of Lebanon in the midst of the changes and chances of life, but like most folks, generally find that I can really only navigate the tumult hand in hand with others. Good coffee helps, too.
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One Response to Waiting

  1. Brad says:

    I gave up waiting for the 71. It was a bad relationship and I walked away from it, literally I biked away from it. Currently I wait for closure of my mother’s unexpected death. I don’t know when or even if this will happen. That’s hyperbolic, there will be some type of closure, but I have no idea what it will look like. Sometimes I wait in silence, other times not so much. The where is everywhere. This waiting walks with me and I with it.

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