Erin Shelby of Cincinnati, OH, USA
Then Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. --John 8:31-32
During the four to five hundred years before Jesus was born, it must have seemed that God was silent. The Jewish leaders told the people that the age of prophecy was ended, and God would not speak again. No new revelation. No prophets. And in spite of the waiting, no Savior had come. Yet this had to be part of the transition, part of the preparation for the Savior to be born. Deliverance would come.
But waiting is hard. While the people were waiting, they had to wonder, “Has God forgotten us?”
Ultimately, when the Messiah arrived, the long delay must have added to the joy, the long anticipation for the Savior. But just like the people who were waiting for a Savior, when we endure trials, it’s easy to ask, “Lord, why?”
Recently, I was asked, “How do you get patience?”
“You go through a lot of stuff,” I said, “and never pray for patience, because trials will come if you pray for patience.” I said this with a smile on my face, but my friend seemed confused.
Facing trials with steadfast faith is one way we develop patience. Being diagnosed with an unpredictable chronic illness stretched my patience. I’ve had to learn to rely on others for help in spite of my own independent spirit. Familiar tasks that I’ve always done on my own require assistance, and I must be patient with myself.
I’ve seen others develop patience when they faced trials in their lives. Whether it’s getting through a difficult season at work with a difficult job, or the patience that is cultivated through parenting, or struggling with a marriage that isn’t easy, trials provide opportunities for each of us to develop patience. We don’t want it, but it happens.
The Good News is that although our patience may run out, we have a Savior whose grace doesn't.
“Be vulnerable to divine grace” (Doctrine and Covenants Section 163:10b).
This month, spend time each day noticing where divine grace is already pouring forth. Perhaps it is a simple awareness of creation’s systems and cycles that support our daily existence. The sun rises each day without being asked. There are underlying rhythms and relationships that hold the fabric of our lives together. Sometimes they fall into the background of our lives. We forget to see the natural generosity that spills over throughout our days—of the planet, the people we love, the Sacred Presence in all moments, the kindness of strangers we encounter, and the gifts we carry within. What is already being given in your life? What does it look like to be vulnerable to divine grace today?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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