Thought of the Day June 16, 2016

By 11:18 AM

"How do we wait for God? We wait with patience. But patience does not mean passivity. Waiting patiently is not like waiting for the bus to come, the rain to stop, or the sun to rise. It is an active waiting in which we live the present moment to the full in order to find there the signs of the One we are waiting for. The word patience comes from the Latin verb patior which means "to suffer." Waiting patiently is suffering through the present moment, tasting it to the full, and letting the seeds that are sown in the ground on which we stand grow into strong plants. Waiting patiently always means paying attention to what is happening right before our eyes and seeing there the first rays of God's glorious coming." (Henri Nouwen) Patience is one of the virtues that is hard to develop in today's society of instant gratification. Many of us are afraid of being in the present moment too long. We want to move on to the next, without fully savoring the present. We are like the bee that goes from flower to flower but never staying long in one place for fear that we may miss something elsewhere. But, in truth, we may be missing the treasure of the present moment. "Be still and know that I am God." Patience is learning how to be actively still.

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