-Rev Myra Torrance-
God will repay everyone based on their works. On the one hand, he will give eternal life to those who look for glory, honor, and immortality based on their patient good work.
Romans 2:6-7 CEB
I have often thought that the word “patience” is like a bold bright colored ribbon that encircles a small black box that contains that four letter word: WAIT!
We wait for a baby to be born.
We wait for them to turn over, crawl, and walk.
We wait for school to begin.
We wait for school to be out.
Etc. Etc. Etc.
And in contrast we also count our birthdays and wonder/wait for our time to die. We don’t like to be told to wait! It is a simple fact of life. But, it is in those waiting times that we learn the word “patience.” What we do what that time is what is most important.
Jesus knew His life was coming to an end. But, He didn’t sit around moaning and groaning. Instead, He went out and taught what needed to be learned.
That life is not lived by simply breathing. But, something more than sighs. It is getting out: Tending to the sick and needy, clothing the naked, feeding the hungry. As we do these acts of tending we find our souls are being nourished by God, Himself.
The black box contains the awful word “WAIT,” but the bright colored ribbon teaches us that the word “patience” is something to be hold in the Christian way of life.
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Lord of all: You see everything, and understand the timing better than us. Help us learn to wait with patience. Amen.
Rev Myra Torrance is the pastor of Chelan Christian Church, where she has led the congregation for four years. She has been a pastor in the Disciples of Christ Christian Church for over 35 years. Prior to being called to the pulpit, she was the Executive Director for Hospice in Vincennes, Indiana. Myra is originally from Vincennes, Indiana, where she raised her four children with her husband, Bud, before his passing in 2011. Myra loves to write and enjoys time with her two Chihuahuas.