The week of April 22nd – During the month of April, your family will focus on the virtue of patience. Each week you will gather together and reflect on what it means to be patient in an impatient world. Find a time this week to gather as a family, say a prayer, read or listen to a prompt, respond as a family to what you have heard and then act on the suggestion for the week.
April Virtue Patience: Waiting until later for what you want now.
What is a virtue? A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.
GATHER together in prayer
LISTEN through scripture; readings; stories; music; videos
RESPOND to what you have heard
ACT in service to what God is calling you to
Gather together as a family and pray this prayer:
Prayer for Patience
Lord, may I be patient; slow to anger and filled with love.
Please fill my heart with patience.
May I be ready to forgive myself and others not just one time but as many times as it takes.
Please fill my heart with understanding.
May I always seek to contemplate what somebody may be suffering before I jump to any conclusions.
Please fill my heart with love.
May I love others unconditionally remembering that your love for me is unconditional and all encompassing.
Lord, may I be patient; slow to anger and filled with love. Amen.
(Adapted from: A Prayer for Patience and Understanding) http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/prayers_before/prayer_for_patience.html
Have one person in your family read Exodus 32:1-14 (The impatient people at the mountain & the golden calf). This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+32%3A1-14&version=NRSV
Moses is up on the mountain with God in an exchange which results in the writing of the Ten Commandments. But while Moses is gone, the people of Israel become impatient. They grow tired of waiting for Moses and begin to wonder what has happened to him. The thought that Moses may not come back makes the people nervous and they desire something to worship to calm their fears. The people take up a collection of gold rings, melt the gold, and shape it into a golden calf which the people begin to worship as if it were God.
Impatience often compels us to act impulsively. Impatience can lead us to do things and to create things that aren’t true to who we are and what we believe. And impatience can result in us doing things we regret.
As a family, ponder the following questions (or others you might have thought of as you read this story):
- Can you think of something you have done because you were impatient that you regret?
- What made it hard to wait or to be patient?
- What would you do differently if you had another chance to choose your actions?
Have each member of your family identify one thing they have said or done because of impatience that they could correct with an apology or a different course of action. Ask each person to consider taking a corrective action this week for something they said or did out of impatience.
Food for Thought
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher (and) patient. 2 Timothy 2:24 (Bible)
Patience can’t be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Every day you need to work on it. – Eknath Easwaran
Why is patience so important? Because it makes us pay attention. – Paulo Coelho