Jesus said to his disciples, “A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me” (John 16:16).

Life is “a little,” a short moment of waiting.  But life is not empty waiting.  It is to wait full of expectation.  The knowledge that God will indeed fulfill the promise to renew everything, and will offer us a “new heaven and a new earth,” makes the waiting exciting.  We can already see the beginning of the fulfillment.  Nature speaks of it every spring; people [speak] of it whenever they smile; the sun, the moon, and the stars speak of it when [they] offer us light and beauty; and all of history speaks of it when amid all devastation and chaos, men and women arise who reveal the hope that lives within them. … What is my main task during my “little while”?  I want to point to the signs of the Kingdom to come, to speak about the first rays of the day of God, to witness to many manifestations of the Holy Spirit among us.  I do not want to complain about this passing world but to focus on the eternal that lights up in the midst of the temporal.  I yearn to create space where it can be seen and celebrated.  From Sabbatical Journey by Henri J.M. Nouwen