And what do you suffer for it? Biting cold. Sleep loss, Constant discomfort from standing in one spot for hours on end, not realizing you would become hungry? Do you enjoy the company of those in line with you? Will there be bruises and aggression when those doors finally open? Will your expectations be fulfilled, and if so, do you expect they will satisfy?
Here you are in the elements under the stars, in a quiet moment as you wait for an open door. Have you had a quiet moment since last year’s vigil? Does it not pull at your heart, that maybe there is something more?
When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which thou hast established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou dost care for him?
Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
and dost crown him with glory and honor (Psalm 8:3-5).
It seems that you and we have contrary problems. Let me explain.