The Virtue of Patience
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord.
The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth,
being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.
You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts,
for the coming of the Lord is near.
Beloved, do not grumble against one another,
so that you may not be judged.
See, the Judge is standing at the doors!
As an example of suffering and patience,
beloved, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. James 5:7-10
The Advent season is not only a time of preparation, but is also a time when we wait for the birth of Christ. In an age where we receive instant gratification and free two day shipping, for most things it is no longer necessary to wait. The anticipation of the season has become unfamiliar to us, tests the old adage about patience being a virtue.
This scripture passage in James reminds us to not only focus of what we are waiting for, but also to be aware of how we wait during this season of preparation. Just as the farmer patiently waits for the right moment to harvest the crops, we are also called to patiently wait for Christ’s coming. Employing a practice that now seems foreign to us, we are confronted with how we wait. Do we get frustrated and angry about the how the world is not, while we wait for Christ’s peace to reign? Or are we patient, doing what we can to prepare for Christ’s arrival?
How is it that you are waiting during this Advent season? Are you waiting like you are hangry (so hungry you become angry) in line at a Chipotle? Or, are you like the farmer who waits for harvest, knowing that it will come when it is time? May this be a season where we are reminded to wait in a manner that fits the coming of our Lord.