I like the insights into human reality embodied in language. The Spanish verb esperar is interesting. It means to wait, to hope. As one native Spanish speaker explained, \”It is that for which we are willing to wait.\” In English, those are two very different concepts.
This post is written during Advent, the season from the fourth Sunday before Christmas to Christmas. It is a season of waiting and hope. That is, if we truly wait and don\’t go running off to Christmas. Americans as a group are not good about waiting, it\’s hard. The Advent color is purple, the same as Lent, another season of waiting and hope.