Sunday, November 11, 2012

When I pray for patience (not the usual joke)

I found myself praying for patience again this week. It seems I need a lot of it, or don't have as much as I need. It occurred to me that what I'm really praying for is love. Patience comes from somewhere; Christian patience comes from love. If we love someone, we are patient with them. "Love is patient, love is kind ...". If I love someone, I am patient. So when I pray for patience, I am praying for love.

On the chance that somebody hasn't heard the usual joke about praying for patience, I'll include it here too. It pokes fun at our shallow and self-centered thoughts about building virtue: "Lord, I want patience, and I want it now!"


Martin LaBar said...

You are right!

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

I'm impatient even with those I love most.

Which probably shows the lousy quality of my love.

krillco said...

One of my daily prayers repeated several times a day is "Lord, help to keep a grateful and patient heart". While I know God always listens to me, I say the prayer to remind myself as much as to ask for the gratitude and patience.

Weekend Fisher said...

I'm impatient with those I love the most too -- but when I bring my love to the front of my mind it helps. Usually the impatience comes up when I have let something else crowd that out of first priority.

Take care & God bless
Anne / WF