Poem for Right Now

Above all trust in the slow work of God.
We are, quite naturally, impatient in everything to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
That it is made by passing through some stages of instability…
And that may take a very long time.

And so I think it is with us.
Our ideas mature gradually, let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don't try to force them on, as though we could be today
What time (that is to say grace and circumstance acting on our own good will)
Will make us tomorrow.

Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within us will be.
Give our Lord the benefit of believing that his hand is leading us,
And accept the anxiety of feeling ourselves in suspense and incomplete.

-Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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  1. This is a wonderful poem that addresses the impatience most of us deal with. Thanks for sharing this!

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