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Ekemini Uwan is a public theologian and co-host of Truth’s Table Podcast. Her writings have been published in The Atlantic, Washington Post, Huffington Post Black Voices and her insights have been quoted by NPR, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker.

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  1. This was a beautiful piece. I am also in a Waiting season AND this is my first time doing ADVENT. I am learning that God does want to give us good news and good things.. but most importantly I can’t miss the gift in the wait itself. The wait is where I grow closer to him and go deeper with myself. And no tangible gift can match that.

  2. This was so relatable and I’m thankful for the ways your writing nudges me shift my focus in hard seasons. Indeed “Earth is ghetto” but praise be to God that He hasn’t abandoned us here. May He give us grace to continue to wait faithfully.

  3. I’m learning how desperate I really am for God and how beautiful yet fragile life is. Yet I still put my hope in Him. Like the disciples said, where else would we go? Only God has the words of eternal life. So I remain…

  4. The first thing that caught my eyes was your title, “they that wait”. Being in a generation that often wants the now and the temporary, God has been teaching me the value of patience. I’m amazed by God’s ability to bring us what we need, in times unexpected. I personally relate to your story. This season of testing I believe is equipping the body of Christ for the new ventures ahead. A war in the spirit we will win.
    I had some health issues about 5 months ago, when God brought me out of the world and back to him. A physical pain I had never experienced, but a blissful love and comfort that covered me as spoke the name Jesus. I found unconditional love, value and purpose as the Holy Spirit has moved through my life. Man. I think about all the ways he moves in our lives. His grace is so sufficient as he brings our focus back to him…trusting in him. The fullness and depth of his love, his word a love story to us. Thank you for sharing sister, God bless.

    • Waiting is so hard, but God does so much work in us during the wait. I’m encouraged by your testimony about your own health battle and how God showed up for you with His lovingkindness and comfort. May God’s grace and comfort continue to be with you as you walk with Him. God bless you and thank you for reading, sis!

  5. So sorry to hear about your health concerns. Be encouraged, He brought me through breast cancer! Gave me a wonderful medical team that worked together to get me well. I’ll be praying about your situation. Indeed He will be with us “through” it. Be blessed Sis!

    • Thank you very much, Sis. Dee! What a testimony of God’s healing and keeping power over your life. Thank you for sharing that with me. I’m grateful to God for giving me a good report and I praise Him for my continued healing. I’m on the mend and God gets all the glory. Have a blessed holiday season, sis!

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