Love is Patient

 

Love is patient.  1 Corin. 1:4 (NIV)

 Love never gives up. (MSG)

 

“Meanwhile,” said Mr. Tumnus, “it is winter in Narnia,

and has been for ever so long . . .”

~ C. S. Lewis– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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Patience seeks us out in the winter.

 

In the heaviness of snow-laden icy branches and soundless gray landscapes of Alaska, when the days were dark and the nights were long, I yearned for any hint of warmth and light and color.

 

There are seasons in my life like this, too.

 

Seasons of abiding under.

 

Seasons of enduring through.

 

Seasons of patience.

 

Patient love is deeply rooted in faith. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for, being convinced of what we do not see.(Heb. 11:1)Patient love refuses to give up when things seem stagnant and stuck. It endures in the winters of life, steadfastly believing in the inevitability of spring.

 

Helen Keller said:

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

 

Love challenges us: Be patient. Don’t give up or you might stay in endless winter.

 

Patient love waits . . . when it seems like distant feelings will never be resolved.

 

Patient love stands alongside . . . when the hurt is almost too much to bear.

 

Patient love forgives the harsh words . . . welcomes back the lost . . . holds the hand of the dying.

 

Patient love does hard things.

 

Let our patient love be the kind that holds fast in the difficult. That stays the course. That believes nothing is too hard to patiently, faithfully withstand in hope.

 

Patient love propels us to spring.

 

Patient love never gives up.



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 “And yet you go away with nothing, whilst all the time God has stood with outstretched hands not only to take you, but for you to take Him. Think of the invincible, unconquerable, unwearying patience of Jesus.”

~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

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Whoever is patient has great understanding.

~Proverbs 14:29a

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Patient love endures through the winter, knowing that the spring eventually arrives. Don’t give up! God sees what you’re abiding under and what you’re hoping for.

 

Today is a GOOD day!

Natalie

 

The Gift of Reflection

No need to search for it at Macy’s or Best Buy or Target. It can’t be purchased at the tree lot along with a Frazier fir and pine garland. And it won’t greet you at the office Christmas party or your city’s holiday parade.

No, it’s up to us to receive it, to make time for it this season. An open invitation to quietly reflect on the wonderful meaning of God’s Christmas narrative is His gift to us each day of Advent, but it could be lost among the bells and bows and holly.

Mary reflected; she pondered. I wonder what she thought about in the quiet moments of her unexpected pregnancy: an angel visit, a soon-to-be husband’s guiding dream. Surely, she must have contemplated all that had happened to her. And then she must have imagined what her life would be like when the time came for the baby to be born. Did she ever picture shepherds and angels and kings sharing in the story…

Like us, Mary knew of God’s mercy and deliverance in her people’s past. And based on this, she wisely, humbly chose to believe His plan for her in the present. We are told in Luke 2 (actually twice) that Mary “treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean” (Luke 2:19).

We, too, can ponder. We can believe and be part of God’s plan when we reflect on His faithfulness in the past, and rely on His good purpose in our present circumstances.

He is faithful. ~ 1 Thess. 5:24

He is loving. ~Psalm 25:10

He has good plans for us. ~ Jer. 29:11

Where have you seen God’s faithfulness in the past?

How is God demonstrating His faithfulness, love and purpose in your current circumstances?


Advent Reflection:

Read Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-55 NIV) and the reflection questions following.

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,

    for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

Reflect: 
What phrases speak to your life right now? Treasure these words. Write them down, carry them with you, and ponder them over the next few days. May God’s Word speak to you during times of reflection this season.


The time for reflection is here… 

Today is a GOOD day!

~ Natalie

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