Tag Archives: patience

EGR

EGR

“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are […]

Sinks

Sinks

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; [God] has become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2, NRSV) Have you ever said, “I wish things were easier sometimes?” I have found myself saying that with increasing frequency. Maybe with all that we […]

Letting Go of My Need to Know

Letting Go of My Need to Know

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood. (I Corinthians 13:12, NRSV) When I was a child, I had a nickname, “big ears.” I cannot say for sure, but I assume it was […]

No Surprise Parties For Me

No Surprise Parties For Me

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things […]

Family Friday: This Too Shall Pass

Family Friday: This Too Shall Pass

“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever” Isaiah 9:1 Has anyone else caught themselves saying more and more frequently, “when this is all over?!” As time continues to pass, and our community begins reopening, it feels as if everything would just magically return to the way things were before. However, […]

Don’t Pray for Patience

Don’t Pray for Patience

“My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NRSV) I am not, by nature, a patient person. […]

March 19

March 19

“I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power and love and soundness of mind.” II Timothy 1:6-7 (NRSV) When Paul writes to young Timothy, he writes to remind him […]