A side profile of a statue of a sitting dog.
The statue mentioned in Rev. Littlejohn's poem. Photo courtesy of Emily / Flickr.

First of all, what is the definition of “to wait”? One definition is, “to stay in the same place.”

The Holy Bible talks about “waiting”, in the Book of Isaiah 40:31. It says,

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not be faint.”

Outside the Shibuya train station in Tokyo is a statue commemorating an Akita dog named Hachiko. 

Hachiko is remembered for unusual faithfulness to his owner, a university professor who commuted from the station daily.

The dog accompanied him on his walk there in the morning and came back to meet him every afternoon just as his train arrived.

One day, the professor didn’t return to the station. Sadly, he’d died at work. But for the rest of his life—more than nine years—Hachiko showed up at the same time as the train.

Day after day, regardless of weather, the dog waited faithfully for his master’s return. 

The Bible talks about waiting again in the Book of Proverbs 20:22, and it says

“Say not thou, I will recompense this evil; but wait on the Lord, and he shall save thee.”

It is truly a blessing when we can give cheerfully to those in need and receive cheerfully from those who just might have more than they need. Amen!

The Holy Bible talks about waiting in the Book of Psalms 27:14. It says, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.” Amen!

Paul commended the Thessalonians for their faithfulness, citing their “work produced by faith”, “labor prompted by love,” and “endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

Despite harsh opposition, they left their old ways “to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).

The Holy Bible talks about waiting once again in the Book of Psalms 25:5. It says:

“Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation’; on thee do I wait all the day.”

As we wait for the Lord’s son Jesus Christ to return, I encourage you all to hold on.

I know the road seems long but, once again, I encourage you all to hold on.

What’s being delayed in our homelessness is not being denied—it’s just being delayed. 

Maybe we need to examine ourselves and decrease some evil in our lives so we can show an increase of good. as we wait faithfully for Jesus Christ to return and end homelessness for good. Amen!

These early believers’ vital hope in their Savior and his love for them inspired them to see beyond their difficulties and to share their faith enthusiastically. 

They were assured there was nothing better than living for Jesus. How good it is to know that the same Holy Spirit who emboldened them still empowers us today to faithfully serve Jesus as we await his return!

The Holy Bible talks about waiting once again as it says in the Book of Philippians 3:20:

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Amen!


Rev. John Littlejohn is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media.