The week of April 8th – 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 someone 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 3:1-7; 3:10-14; 4:10-16 (God is patient with Moses). This Bible passage can be found online at Bible Gateway via this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Exodus+3%3A1-7%3B+3%3A10-14%3B+4%3A10-16%09&version=NRSV
God chooses Moses to be the leader of the Israelites. But Moses is a very reluctant leader. Moses doesn’t feel qualified for the job and questions God’s choice. Again and again Moses voices his fears and doubts about what God is asking him to do. God could have picked someone else; someone who was more confident; someone who was more articulate. But God patiently answers Moses every question and objection. God knows that Moses can do this, even if Moses doesn’t believe it himself. Moses finally agrees to what God is asking of him. But Moses must wait to find out how God will guide him. God is patient with Moses and Moses must patiently wait to find out how God will lead him as a leader of God’s people.
As a family, ponder the following questions (or others you might have thought of as you read this story):
- Who in your life has been patient with you?
- How did their patience help you?
- What would have been different if they had not been patient with you?
Thinking of the people who have been patient with you, name some of the things that makes a person patient. What traits are necessary to be patient? Which of these traits do you think you have? This week notice when you are able to be patient with yourself or with someone else. What did you do to be patient?
Food for Thought
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 (Bible)
I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. Psalm 40:1 (Bible)
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. – St. Francis de Sales