Thought of the Day January 9, 2018

By 10:58 AM

"Patience is a hard discipline. It is not just waiting until something happens over which we have no control: the arrival of the bus, the end of the rain, the return of a friend, the resolution of a conflict. Patience is not a waiting passivity until someone else does something. Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand." (Henri Nowen) Looking for a New Year's resolution? This is one most of us can develop, because we are impatient at one time or another. The heart of patience and the heart of existence is learning to live in the present moment. For the grace of God is in this present moment. Patience involves "Be still and know that I am the Lord." For in the silence of the moment, that quiet voice of God may be heard.

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