The week of April 29th – 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
Watch this YouTube video: Inspirational Short Stories-About Patience (The Taxi Driver & Old Lady) via this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLwaikE_M9g
There are different versions of the story of the taxi driver and the old lady who calls a cab to take her to hospice. Central to all of them is the patience the taxi driver shows when he realizes where his passenger’s journey will end. The stereotype of the impatient taxi driver is turned upside down because this driver not only takes the woman to see all the places she desires, but also charges her nothing for the ride. There are several things related to the virtue of patience to notice in this story:
Patience asks us to wait – The taxi driver chooses to wait for the woman instead of driving away when she is slow to come out of her house.
Patience alters our plans – This was the driver’s last ride and his anticipation of a quick fare so he could go home was altered by the woman’s request.
Patience gives us gifts – The encounter between the taxi driver and the old woman gave each of them a gift they would not have gotten if they had not taken this drive together.
What are some other things you noticed or thought of as you listened to this story? What is the meaning of this story for you?
Patience is about relationship – relationship with God, relationship with others, relationship with ourselves. How can you be more patient and trusting in God? How can you be more patient in your relationship with others? How can you be more patient with yourself? Make a change this week that helps you be more patient and notice what gifts come from choosing patience.
Food for Thought
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant. 1 Corinthians 13:4 (Bible)
A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” -Henri J.M. Nouwen
Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting. – Joyce Meyer