Wait with Me
"To be human is to be lonely." When his seventy-something spiritual director Friar Ugo spoke these words in a voice cracking with age, Jason Gaboury felt a deep sense of their truth.
To the observer, Jason, a campus minister, active church member, and father with a young family, might not have seemed lonely. But it's how he felt. He has wrestled with loneliness ever since he can remember, perhaps before he can remember . . . through childhood, college, and into adulthood.
When Friar Ugo challenged him to see loneliness as a context for friendship with God, things began to change. In these pages God invites you to stop and wait with him in your own moments of isolation and anxiety. It's an invitation into a journey through loneliness into a deeper life with God.
"Jason Gaboury has written a masterful book , Wait with Me, on the theme of loneliness. He takes us on a journey that is biographical, exegetical, and imaginative. From Genesis to the Gospels, Jason describes loneliness as a human condition God uses for our transformation and his transcendent purposes in us. This is an invitation into the ultimate antidote for loneliness—communion with God and biblical community."
"In these pages, you won't find an easy solution to the 'problem' of loneliness. What Wait with Me offers instead is far wiser and more daring: an invitation into deeper life with the God who eagerly inhabits our isolation and lingers with us there. For anyone who knows firsthand the slow-bleeding pain of loneliness, this honest and hopeful and paradigm-bending book is worth pondering, worth lingering on."
"This, thankfully, is not a book that promises to solve loneliness. It's not a how-to guide for 'getting out there' or a formula for ensuring God will erase your sense of isolation. This book is something very different: a poignant, wise, at times searing invitation to attend to our loneliness as a call from God. This is spiritual writing that is at once urgent and patient, honest and inviting."