Sometimes the things we wait for do not arrive. We seek, we suffer, and we trust. And in God’s time, a gift does indeed arrive, but it is not at all what we had imagined or hoped for. In its place, there stands a thing we needed so deeply that we could not name it aloud, even in our solitude, even in the dark. We could not name it until it arrived, looked us in the face, and changed everything.

-Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE

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