Spiritual Practices to Do While You’re Waiting

A downloadable prayer card that you can use to pray while waiting anywhere

young man waiting at train station
doable spiritual practices theme for January 2022

A few weeks ago, I waited 30 minutes in the drive-thru lane at our local pharmacy to pick up a medication. During that wait, I had a lot of time to think, to emote, and to reflect. For a year and a half, all of us have been waiting for the pandemic to be over and we are still waiting. Now, due to shortages of supplies or people, we find ourselves waiting for products, for food service, for someone to help.

I have noticed many of us get cranky or angry or impatient while waiting. I wanted to find a way to transform this waiting experience into an opportunity to pray. I decided to create a prayer guide that would be simple, and somewhat easy to remember, that could be put in a pocket or purse or saved on a mobile device that could be taken out while waiting. It is my hope to share this guide widely so that this current time of waiting may be transformed for everyone.

Below you will find the text of the prayer and a downloadable image of the prayer that you can use.

Prayer text


For the workers at the place where you wait & the people waiting in line 
with you:

“Only you, O God, know what is going on in their life, make whole what is 
broken, give strength for whatever they face this day…”


For family and friends, lifting them up one by one to Jesus:

“Jesus this is Sarah, Sarah this is Jesus.”


For medical personal & support staff, public servants; For people who are sick, alone, facing food/housing insecurity; Or for anyone who comes to mind:

Use either suggested prayer starter above or another.


“May it be so,” leave it in God’s hands. God cares for you, strengthens you, and watches over you while you wait. (Isaiah 40:31)

Hollie M. Holt-Woehl

  • Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl

    Rev. Dr. Hollie Holt-Woehl holds a Ph.D. in Pastoral Care and Counseling, with an emphasis on the congregation. Her dissertation, "Congregations as Trinitarian Communities: Accepting, Welcoming, and Supporting People with Chronic Mental Illness," explores congregations welcoming people with mental illness into congregation life. Ordained in 1993 in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), she has served congregations in rural, urban, and suburban settings.

    Dr. Holt-Woehl is an Adjunct Professor at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Since 2008, she has taught the course "Ministry with Persons with Mental Illness and Their Families" and has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at St John's School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, MN, since 2021. She is also an intentional interim pastor in the Southwestern Minnesota Synod (ELCA).

    Dr. Holt-Woehl has written “They Don’t Come with Instructions: They Don't Come with Instructions: Cries, Wisdom, and Hope for Parenting Children with Developmental Challenges,” and many other publications.

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