Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Timothy 4:1-8
As a follower of Jesus, I am charged with proclaiming the message of God’s mercy 24/7. Patience, otherwise known as ‘holy waiting’, is the hallmark of divine compassion that is the motivation behind all evangelism. Perhaps this is why St. Paul lists patience as the first attribute in his timeless description of love, and counselled his apprentice, Timothy, to proclaim the good news of Christ Jesus with utmost patience. When I am patiently compassionate, I don’t just shove biblical principles or my own faith experiences into the airwaves and down people’s throats. Rather, I am called to constantly and quietly devote myself to prayer and intercession and to continue to walk steadily in the love of God and each man, woman and child along the way. Will I allow the patience of the Holy Spirit of God to direct my proclamation of the good news ? Christ Jesus, help me proclaim the message with utmost patience.
Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. (Psalm 25:1)
Patience means awaiting God’s time and trusting God’s love.
Corrie Ten Boom
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.