Seek Patience (Advent Meditation) …

Seek patience
and passion
in equal amounts.

Patience alone
will not build the temple.

Passion alone
will destroy its walls.
— Maya Angelou (The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou)

Being made to wait has another benefit. It helps us figure out what we truly want and what really matters to us. . . . Remembering that some things are worth waiting for helps us decide what it is that is worth the wait, and to prize it truly when we do receive it.
— M. J. Ryan from The Power of Patience

Two beggars knocked on the door asking for bread. One beggar was given a loaf and sent away. The other was kept waiting and waiting. At length, the second beggar became concerned. “Why am I being denied? What is so lacking in me that the other one was favored over me?” he asked himself. Unknown to the beggar, a fresh loaf was being baked for him inside the house.
— Jamal Rahman from The Fragrance of Faith

Having to wait on others, even to wait on God, is not fun. That’s because we are in a hurry; to wait is to have our plans upset. But if God is life and the purpose of life is to find pleasure in God, then why can’t there be fun in the action of waiting? Try it the next time you are called upon to wait for someone or something. Open up that gift of time and find the fun within.
— Edward Hays from Pray All Ways: A Book for Daily Worship Using All Your Senses

A waiting person is a patient person. The word “patience” means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us. Impatient people are always expecting the real thing to happen somewhere else and therefore want to go elsewhere. The moment is empty. But patient people dare to stay where they are. Patient living means to live actively in the present and wait there. Waiting, then, is not passive. It involves nurturing the moment, as a mother nurtures the child that is growing in her womb.
— Henri Nouwen from Eternal Seasons

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