Advent Photo-A-Day: Day 19, Patience

bread-dough-risingThe thought behind the photo:
Instant is an illusion
A false preference of progress

Growth takes time
Always has
Always will

Seed to harvest
Mistrust to trust
Conception to birth

The best bread rises
Alive in the leavening
The proof of patience
– Growth Takes Time by Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

SCRIPTURE: 2 Peter 3:9 NRSV
The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:1-3 NRSV
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

The December 19, 2013 devotion from http://umrethinkchurch.tumblr.com 
SCRIPTURE: James 5:7-10, The Message
Meanwhile, friends, wait patiently for the Master’s Arrival. You see farmers do this all the time, waiting for their valuable crops to mature, patiently letting the rain do its slow but sure work. Be patient like that. Stay steady and strong. The Master could arrive at any time. Friends, don’t complain about each other. A far greater complaint could be lodged against you, you know. The Judge is standing just around the corner. Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God. What a gift life is to those who stay the course!

Patience is a virtue, the phrase goes. Patience is bitter, but the fruit is sweet, said Aristotle. When is patience a virtue and under what circumstances is it appropriate to advise patience over action? When does patience become oppressive?

In this passage, the author is adamant about being patient, like the farmer, who trusts the rain to do its “slow but sure work.”

We are nearing the end of Advent, but the beginning of so much more. It’s hard to wait, especially when the world isn’t as God intended it to be. When nations continue to war, people continue to oppress, hunger and poverty continue to find victims.

This season of Advent, practice an active patience, keeping alive the hope that God is not finished with us yet. The God of creation continues to work in the hearts and minds of God’s people, renewing and restoring hope, love, joy and peace.

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Growth Takes Time © 2013 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia

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