Lent - Patience
“It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into our doing.
It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into the giving. – Mother Theresa
For the last 10 years, my daughters have been students at a local martial arts school. They are both black belts. In the past, they practiced in their dojo twice a week. With the onset of the pandemic, they have only attended classes via ZOOM. After a year of virtual classes, my daughters went back to their dojo this past Tuesday. They had to wear masks and could not be in physical contact with other students, but it was good to see instructors and other students face to face. Things are not the same, but we are getting there. Last week, our family felt comfortable sending our younger daughter back to school for in-person learning. She had to wear a mask all day, but she enjoyed seeing her teachers and friends. Things are not the same, but we are getting there. This past Monday, our older daughter started in-person jazz band rehearsals. It was different and (initially) cumbersome with the protective layers of fabric around the instruments and social distancing. However, this was another milestone. Things are not the same, but we are getting there. Friends, as we approach the one year anniversary of the world-wide shut-downs due to the novel coronavirus, I encourage us to love one another. Specifically, let's express our love in patience. Just a week ago, the ground was covered with snow. The snow refused to melt. It's amazing how quickly life can change when the timing is right. So, let's be patient and persistent as we move towards "normal." Things are not the same, but we are getting there. Pandemic trends are moving in the right direction. Life is starting to look more like "normal." However, we're not there yet. So, let's continue to take the simple steps to protect each other's health - wash your hands, wear a mask, maintain social distancing. In these simple ways, we can love one another and contribute to the common good. With love & patience, we will get there.
Prayer: Loving God, we are an impatient people. We are quick to judge. We are quick to react. At times, we are quick to give up. Give us patience and persistence to love our neighbor during these challenging days. Help us to honor and care for each other as you honor and care for us. Draw us closer to you and one another as we continue our Lenten journey. In Jesus' name we pray, amen.