We do have one of the less popular virtues on offer, though: patience. The theologian H. Richard Niebuhr once described it as the “grace of doing nothing,” which is intentionally misleading. Patience, the graced obedience in the midst of uncontrollable circumstances, is itself an activity. Perhaps even a subversive kind of moral warfare. It is “full of hope and is based on faith. It is not the inactivity of the noncombatant, for it knows that there are no noncombatants, that everyone is involved.” And yet, it does call us to wait and shoulder the burden of uncertainty when all we want to do is fix things. But perhaps in times like these, in the midst of a war of unknown length, the better part of wisdom is knowing how to wait.
From “Principles for a Just Pandemic” by David Henreckson in Breaking Ground. https://www.cardus.ca/comment/article/principles-for-a-just-pandemic/ Accessed 6 Sept 2020.
A poem shared by Lynne McCarthy
Mahmoud Darwish was the best known of Palestinian poets. I don't know how good the translation is, but it is both poetry and prayer-like, despite. From the August 2020 Bethlehem Bible College online newsletter.
As you prepare your breakfast, think of others
do not forget the pigeon’s food
As you conduct your wars, think of others
do not forget those who seek peace
As you pay your water bill, think of others
those who are nursed by clouds
As you return home, to your home, think of others
do not forget the people of the camps
As you sleep and count the stars, think of others
those who have nowhere to sleep
As you liberate yourself in metaphor, think of others
those who have lost the right to speak.
As you think of others far away, think of yourself
say: “If only I were a candle in the dark.”
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