Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

December 12, 2010
by

Laura Kent

Freshman, Nursing Major

The Third Sunday of Advent
Is 35:1-6a, 10
Ps 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
Jas 5:7-10
Mt 11:2-11

“Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged. Behold, the Judge is standing before the gates. Take as an example of hardship and patience, brothers and sisters, the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.”- James 5:7-10

This reading reminds me to be patient. Patience is something I have never had much of. I am always looking to the future and trying to figure things out instead of simply being patient and living in the moment. I am ready for finals to be over, I am counting down the days until I get to go back home to Colorado and I am excited for Christmas. But this reading reminds me that I need to slow down and be patient. I need to stop and take in the moment and notice that I am almost done with my first semester of college! It is crazy how time flies by. This reminds me that I cannot keep looking towards the future and planning everything out; I need to be patient with the plan God has for me. He will reveal what He expects of me slowly but surely; I just need to be patient.

At times patience is also something I lack when I am dealing with friends and family. Having three younger siblings takes a lot of patience, and as this reading reminds me, I cannot judge others. I must love everyone and have patience; judging is something only God can do. So when I go back home and my siblings start to get on my nerves again, I will need to remind myself to be patient with them and to just simply love them, and let God worry about the rest.

We cannot waste time judging others and figuring out our every little move in our lives. We need to step back and be patient with God and trust in His plan for us.

 



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