When the apostle to the Gentiles wrote
His ode to love he said what love is not,
But first of all its virtues, most to note,
He cited patience, which the world forgot.
And when hee came to recon up the fruits
Vouchsafed to those whose birth is from above,
Here too, of all the outward attributes
,Patience was foremost as the sign of love.
Patiennce is waiting till the time has come
To act, then acting strongly, acting with respect
While creatures grow and till the Lord shall coome
,While doing what we can, without neglect.
Measure your love with patience as the rod,
Patience with self, with others and with God.
We are told to rejoice in the Lord, but God also rejoices in his works. He sees everything not only as good but also as beautiful, his work of art. In Proverbs 8:30-31 God’s wisdom, who can be identified with Jesus, says. “Then was I beside him as artisan; I was his delight by day, before him all the while,playing over the whole of his earth, having my delight with human beings.” God delights in his works, especially us, despite all our sins.
See Matt. 13:31 et seq.
You are the tiny mustard seed
Your father took and planted on the earth
Counting for little to the world indeed,
Yet dwarfing all the kings in future worth.
You are the tiny bit of yeast
The Spirit buries deep within our hearts,
In hearts that differ little from the beast,
And yet your presence spreads to all our parts.
You are the single grain of wheat
Which fell upon the ground and seemed to die;
But you are he who cannot know defeat;
Your fruit shall ever grow and multiply.
In you the humblest and the gighest meet;
In you the world is made, and made complete.