Thursday after the Third Sunday in Advent 2012

James 5:7-10 (NIV)

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

Lord, patience is difficult for us. We understand that the farmer has to wait for the rain and the season to produce a crop, but we find ourselves grumbling against each other rather than patiently waiting. Your time is not our time; help us to be patient in the face of suffering, uncertainty, and conflict. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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