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Waiting on an Answer

Waiting for a prayer to be answered can be challenging. Especially when the prayers involve a loved one, one’s own health, or a long-held dream. When we don't hear an immediate answer one way or another, our belief can feel like it's being chipped away as each day of disappointment leaves us a bit more discouraged. Which is the way I've been feeling for the past few months. Or has it been longer than that? When we are in a spiritual desert, our time of waiting can feel interminable. Lately, it feels like everything is falling just short of where it needs to be and nothing is quite succeeding. Sometimes, like the people of Israel when they wandered in the desert, we can forget where we came from and that things were worse then, or we might even begin to fool ourselves into thinking we’d like to go back to the way things were. On my long walks through the woods with my dogs, I've had lengthy conversations with God, questioning everything I'm doing. When I was trying…

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