James 5:7-10:

Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.  Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. See, the Judge is standing at the doors!  As an example of suffering and patience, beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.


From Rev. Judy Bennett, Island Christian Church, Wheeling:

       Waiting!  Not many do it well.  It requires that simply awful word patience.  We are forever waiting for something or other.  We wait excitedly for the birth of a baby.  We count days anticipating vacations or holidays. Doctors’ offices and emergency rooms are filled to overflow with those who somewhat angrily await their time for personal attention. We wait heavy-heartedly at the bedside of a dying loved one, and even in the face of certain death are required to manifest patience.
       Now it’s Advent once again.  As we patiently await the coming of Christ into our suffering world, may we do so with confidence that all is well.  Christ has died.  Christ is risen.  Christ will come again.

Patient God, strengthen our hearts,
and forgive our grumbling and judgmental attitudes.
We honor and bless your holy name.