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a poem about waiting

On this last blog for 2022, I'm honored to share a poem, along with a brief introduction, written by one of our ACSD teachers, Bekah Smith.

Psalm 40:1 - “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry.”

This past spring I found myself in a season of deep, restless waiting. I was particularly unhappy at my job, and was unsure of what path was in my future. I was also seeking answers from God on situations that I so desperately wanted to work out, but they weren’t, and I was feeling completely out of control.

During this same time, I found myself seeing small encouragement where I worked. For years I worked at a retirement home, and on one particular day I was walking through Skilled Nursing (where residents need 24/7 care) and realized that so many of the residents have spent their whole lives in restless waiting, looking to God for guidance. Even now as they live in their final years or days, they don’t look to Him in fear of the unknown, they look to Him in thankfulness for the life and the hardships that He has given them.

In my life I tend to gravitate towards words to express what I’m thinking, feeling or going

through, and so when I was in this deep period of waiting I wrote a poem that reflected the

questions I had, but also the encouragement that I was seeing around me. I hope it can bring

some encouragement to you as well.


Oh Lord, my hands are folded in front of my chest

Like I’m seven years old again

And I lift my eyes up

Oh, how I wish to see You in this place

Of restless waiting

Today I walk these halls

Following my footsteps of yesterday

Crying out to You

Can you hear the cries from my lips?

Are You here in this place

Of slow, longing wait

For a time and place that is more glorious than this?

The faces I see

Etched in my memories,

And I can finally see You in this place, today

My cries to You

Have already slipped from their lips

Their spirits have been quieted by Your time

And here they lay down, and look up

With their hands folded on their chest

To glorify You in the waiting

Oh Lord, You have been so good to them

Oh, how they have waited to see Your face

During the waiting

Welcome Your dear children as they run,

Run into Your arms

Tears of sorrow will someday turn to tears of awe

My cry Lord,

Is to see You in this place, tonight

In the waiting

Like a child kneeling in prayer,

And like someone who closes their eyes

To see Your face for the first time

Artwork by: Janelle Taylor (BCS Parent)


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Soli Deo Gloria To God alone be the glory

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