Falling in Love with Lent, A Guest Post on Hopeful Patience

Michelle writes a beautiful blog called Hopeful Patience, in which she asks the question, what does it mean to dwell in hope? She and her husband, Ariel, were married in 2009 and work together as their church’s secretaries. Ariel’s health challenges (Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type III) make their daily routines unique, and over their ten years of marriage, they have tried to wait patiently and hopefully to see what children God might send to them.

I love the whole concept of this blog, and Michelle’s writing compels and engages me.

When she invited me to write a guest post, I wondered — what can someone already blessed with so many children say about this kind of waiting? I’m not good at waiting. I get ahead of myself all the time. But the truth is that whether we marry or not, whether we have children or not, one of the great life lessons we cannot escape is learning patience. The world will teach you patience. Our relationship with time is tricky; we want to control time and we want to make things unfold in time according to our will, but we simply cannot do it. It’s not possible. Some things will simply unfold as they unfold, and when we are truly backed into a corner, we have to give in and learn to deal with it. We learn to wait. We learn patience.

Anyway, I wrote a guest post for Michelle and she graciously posted it, and I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and to check out her blog.

I’ll be thinking more about this question of waiting, and of falling in love with waiting. Throughout Great Lent we’ll be waiting for Pascha, and throughout history we await the return of our Lord. This whole experience God has given us is about the waiting, about the present moment. May your relationship to time, to the waiting, be blessed.

Elissa Bjeletich

About Elissa Bjeletich

Elissa Bjeletich hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home and author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent, and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness. She serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Elissa lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, Marko, and their five daughters. You'll find more information on her website: elissabjeletich.com

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