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Today’s sermon was on eyes of grace. Dangerous listening seems like a good pairing.
This has been one of those weeks. Not a horrible week but a hard week. We are cleaning out my dad’s house. It is also Spring Break. The kids may in general be happy to help but spending 4 days this week sorting, recycling, pitching and boxing up, has not been their ideal Spring Break.
I’m also under contract for one book and just agreed to write another. I’m teaching an online course on writing nonfiction for children and teens. And I’m judging a writing contest. Why did I schedule all of this now? None of it was up to me.
The only one that was in my power was agreeing to read over a new friend’s proposal. I hadn’t gotten to it yet when she called on Thursday. As expected, she told me how much she wants my feedback but also how important she thinks it is to get this to the editor now.
But what she said next really surprised me. She thanked me for always having a good sense of humor and being willing to help someone out. Then she offered to come help at my dad’s one morning.
I was floored. Kind words and a simple offer. That’s all it took.
Definitely something to consider as we try to share God in our lives.
Are you listening this Lenten season?
If you’ve been reading the meme’s that I’ve posted throughout the week, you’ve seen that quite a few of them have to do with patience. When I first saw these Lenten quotes about patience I was a bit . . . what? What does patience have to do with Lent?
The more I think about it, the more that I realize that patience is a huge part of Lent.
Lent is all about awaiting the coming dawn. Waiting, to put it simply, is not my strong suit. I want it now. No really. NOW would be better than later.
But that isn’t always the case. Waiting and patience give us time for preparation. Preparation can make the difference between success and a failure. I know this, but I’m still not very good at waiting.
Lent is also a time of turning into the light. It is a time for us to remove what stands between us and God’s light. It is a time of helping us remove what keeps other people from seeing God’s light in us.
Quite often that requires patience. Patience to take care of what ever it is in us that keeps us from being Christ’s hands on earth. Patience to listen to what the other person has to say, because until we know what is in their hears and their minds, we very often have no clue what they need.
Patience. It is a key part of empathy.
Patience. It is most truly something that I need today.