Wednesday Words: Patience

“There is…a dimension of patience which links it to a special reverence for life. Patience is a willingness, in a sense, to watch the unfolding purposes of God with a sense of wonder and awe—rather than pacing up and down within the cell of our circumstance.”

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“Patience is, therefore, clearly not fatalistic, shoulder-shrugging resignation; it is accepting a divine rhythm to life; it is obedience prolonged. Patience stoutly resists pulling up the daisies to see how the roots are doing!”

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“[W]e find ourselves impatiently wishing to hasten the passage of time or to hold back the dawn. We can do neither, of course. Whereas the bird is at home in the air, we are clearly not at home in time—because we belong to eternity! Time, as much as any one thing, whispers to us that we are strangers here. If time were natural to us, why is it that we have so many clocks and wear wristwatches?

“Thus the veil stands—not to forever shut us out—but as a reminder of God’s tutoring and patient love for us. Any brush against it produces a feeling of “not yet,” but also faint whispers of anticipation of that moment when, in the words of today’s choral hymn, “Come, Let Us Anew,” those who have prevailed “by the patience of hope and the labor of love” will hear the glorious words, “Well and faithfully done; enter into my joy and sit down on my throne” (Hymns, no. 17).”

From Neal A. Maxwell’s address Patience.

-Ginger

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