“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, persevere in prayer.”
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
The season of Fall is always a good lesson in patience. When the leaves begin to turn their beautiful colors of red, gold, yellow and orange, I can’t wait for the whole tree to burst forth in brilliant color. But wait I must and patience prevails. Each year, I also wonder if it is really going to happen…will the colors appear again. And, of course, each year it happens. The trees never seem in a rush; they simply wait in patient trust for their leaves to do what they were created to do.
Patience is one of the Fruit of the Spirit found in Scripture. The last 19 months of the Pandemic have required a big dose of patience. The uncertainty and upheaval that has affected the entire world has tested our patience and shown us the need for our patience to be rooted and grounded in God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
St. Francis de Sales lived from 1567-1622. He was a Bishop of Geneva and known as the “Gentleman Saint” because of his patience and gentleness even in the midst of deep religious divisions resulting from the Protestant Reformation.
I recently ran across a quote attributed to St. Francis de Sales that speaks well to the nature of who we are as God’s created beings living in a world of upheaval and uncertainty. He said, “Have patience with all things, but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. And no amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.”
May we hold to God’s steadfast love and faithfulness as we extend the gift of patience to ourselves, to others and in all that we will face this week.