The Pastor's Peace - May, 2018
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As I write this Pastor’s Peace it is the middle of April, and this past Monday, April 16th, it actually snowed in Dayton, Ohio. We are less than 60 miles from Kentucky, for heaven’s sake. If I wanted this kind of weather, I would have stayed in Boston. As I write this, it is actually a toasty 48 degrees in Boston, as compared to the 37 degrees that it is here. There in no way this should be the case, but things don’t always go as we would like. I guess I shouldn’t complain too much. I looked up weather statistics for Dayton, and in 1923 we actually got half an inch of snow on May 9th! Let us hope it will be a better year than 1923.

Despite the fact that I would like it warmer, and that it usually is, the fact of the matter is that it is still cold and there is not much I can do about it. There are times in our lives that things drag on longer than we would like, or we seem to have to wait forever for something to come to pass. This is true of weather, finances, health issues, relationships, and most things it our life. Having patience is not always easy; perhaps that is why they call it a virtue. Patience is defined as “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.” It does not mean that we are pleased with the delay in our life; it just means that we do not let it control our lives or our reactions.

When I think about Jesus, I think that he must have been one heck of a patient person. I think of all of the people who just didn’t get it, even the disciples. All of the times he had to repeat himself, and give the same lesson in a different way, would drive most people nuts, but Jesus just calmly performed his ministry. We often talk about trying to show the love of Jesus, which is most important, but we should perhaps also emphasize the patience of Jesus. We should try to be patient with the world around us and especially be patient with each other, as Christ was. Perhaps it was Christ’s divinity that allowed him to be so patient, but I like to think that it was also his faith and hope. He had faith in the future, always, despite the present. This I think can be a lesson for us. We should dwell less on what is not going the way we want and try to have faith in a better future, some would even call it hope.

It does not mean we will always get what we want, but as was shown in the miracle of Easter, sometimes the future holds blessings beyond our wishes or even understanding. As we continue into the Easter season, remember the love of Christ and the gift of Christ’s salvation, but also remember Christ’s faith and patience.

It does not mean we will always get what we want, but as was shown in the miracle of Easter, sometimes the future holds blessings beyond our wishes or even understanding. As we continue into the Easter season, remember the love of Christ and the gift of Christ’s salvation, but also remember Christ’s faith and patience.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian