Life’s Journey
July 12, 2018

Before Ruth Bell Graham died in 2007, she chose for her tombstone an inscription that had nothing to do with her remarkable achievements throughout her life.

She told about an experience of driving one day on a highway through a construction area. There were miles of detours, slow progress, big equipment and cautionary signs. At last she came to the end of the work and saw this final sign: “End of construction. Thank you for your patience. ”

Later, Ruth decided on that very wording as the inscription for her tombstone:
“End of construction. Thank you for your patience.” *

All our lives, God is working in every believer to produce godly character and the fruit that the Holy Spirit brings. We are grateful for all who show patience with us as we journey through this process of spiritual formation.

* This story is told by John Ortberg in his book “Soul Keeping.”

Prayer of Saint Benedict
January 14, 2009

In our team meeting today we prayed together this prayer of Saint Beneidct, which I had found at Westminster Abbey yesterday, at the area where you can light a candle as a symbol of your prayers to God.

O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate on you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Treat things with reverence
December 5, 2007

“What you do not understand, treat with reverence and be patient, and what you do understand, cherish and keep.” – Augustine

With so many trends and voices in the surrounding culture, and still more trends and voices in the church, this ancient statement gives me the perspective I need.
It’s okay not to understand everything – but be sure to treat such areas with reverence and patience. And what I do understand (or think I understand) I will cherish.
Thank you, Augustine, for your help.
Thank you, God.