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Listen while you read: "Father Lead Me Day By Day"1 (Lyrics)
We've all heard the saying, "Patience is a virtue". Well, I'm not a patient person. I once read these words on a plaque: "God, grant me patience, and I want it now!"
Patience is something that we all need, especially in these days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Parents need patience with their children.
- Spouses need patience with each other.
- Shoppers need patience as they wait in line to get into the grocery stores and to keep their distance while they're shopping.
We all need patience as we wait:
- for businesses and schools to re-open.
- for this pandemic to be over.
- for everyone to be vaccinated.
In these trying times, let us remember that God is always with us and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Let's keep a good and patient attitude while we're waiting.
Psalm 27:14 says:
- Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (NRSV)
- Stay with God! Take heart. Don't quit. I'll say it again: Stay with God. (MSG)
- Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)
- Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. (NLT)
- Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (NKJV)
And in Isaiah 40:31, we read, "But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." (NRSV)
According to Galatians 5:22, patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit. In these trying times, will others see the fruit of patience in you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant us courage, faith, and patience in these uncertain times that we are facing. We thank You that You will never leave us nor forsake us. We thank You for Your Holy Spirit Who lives in us and gives us the ability to be patient and to trust in You no matter what circumstances we face. Draw us close to You that we might come through this pandemic stronger and with a greater appreciation of life and how precious it is. May we be the people You want us to be, the people You have called us to be. In the midst of our anxiety, may we rest in the shadow of Your wings, for You are our refuge and strength. We pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen.