Originally scheduled for May 30
Every child should be given a full complement of grandparents. Despite
the brilliant “new thinking” of our day, grandchildren learn from
their grandparents in ways that are different. Such a case came to a
nine-year-old girl. Having seen her grandmother’s enthusiasm for
sewing, she decided she would like to learn how to do it herself.
Grandma said she would help, so the young lady went out and
purchased a pattern for her first garment. Unfortunately, the
pattern in question was well beyond a beginner’s ability. As you can
imagine, the garment did not take shape in the way the picture on
the cover said it would.
This might’ve been very discouraging, but grandma’s patience was up to
the task. Each night, while her granddaughter slept, she would
remove the awkward and clumsy stitching her granddaughter had put
in. She would replace it with her own, well practiced stitches. As a
result, the garment turned out to be quite serviceable and looked
quite well-made. It was not until many years later that the young
lady learned what her grandmother had done. By her patient work, her
grandmother had instilled in her a love for sewing which still
persists to this day.
Patience is often thought of as being a passive virtue. It synonym seems
to be, “just wait.” But this is not always the case; patience is
often an active virtue.
Patience comes in a number of forms. We can see it in these ways if we
will simply look for it. Here are some thoughts:
Compassion is a form of
patience, especially with those who are young or those who are new
to the faith. Beginners make mistakes. These might be pointed out,
but it is much more compassionate to point them out after having
fixed them. The beginner learns not only what to do correctly but
that you care about it.
Perseverance is a form of
patience. This is true even if you can’t see an end to your
perseverance. Many people conclude that if something can’t be done
in their own lifetime, it cannot be done. But this is false!
Sometimes Paul needs to pass his tasks on to Timothy.
Patience can also be a
demonstration of mercy (see 1st Timothy 1:16). Often
enough our patience is sorely tried by the self-righteous. It is
hard to be merciful with such person. It is also necessary; as
necessary as long as need be.
Communion is a reminder of God’s patience with us. It begins by
reminding us of his mercy, new every morning. We receive communion
on a regular basis so that we might remember that his mercy is
available. Even for those who need it 7×70, it remains available.
also a reminder of his perseverance with us. He has placed on us no
limit as to the number of times we can repent; he has also placed no
limit on us as to how long it will take us to come around. The God
who created heaven and earth evidently has a bit more patience than
that patience will not last forever. We know, as part of communion,
that we are to take this bread and cup in remembrance of him “until
he comes again.” Judgment day is coming. Until then, God is patient
with you. Remember that — and then eat and drink in remembrance of