Thought Provokers for the Gospel read on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017

The person who looks for quick results in the seed planting of well-doing will be disappointed.  If I want potatoes for dinner tomorrow, it will do me little good to plant them in my garden tonight.  There are long stretches of darkness and invisibility and silence that separate planting and reaping.  During the stretches of waiting, there is cultivating and weeding and nurturing and planting other seeds.

Eugene Peterson

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Too many people are waiting for God to do things for them

rather than with them.

Ralph W. Sockman

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Relying on God has to begin all over again, every day,

as if nothing had yet been done.

C.S. Lewis

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We must wait for God, long, meekly,

in the wind and wet, in the thunder and lightning,

in the cold and the dark.  

Wait, and he will come.  

He never comes to those who do not wait.  

He does not go their road.  

When he comes, go with him, but go slowly, fall a little behind;

when he quickens his pace, be sure of it before you quicken yours.  

But when he slackens, slacken at once;

and do not be slow only, but silent, very silent, for he is God.

Frederick W. Faber

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Certain it is that the reason there is so much shallow living,

much talk, but little obedience,

is that so few are prepared to be, like the pine on the hilltop,

alone in the wind for God.

Amy Carmichael

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