Pause + Pray

Growing in Patience


Patience is not simply a trait that one either does or does not possess; patience is a virtue that one chooses to develop. In light of this choice, may this prayer assist you in your inner growth.


Loving God,
your patience with me
is so tender and merciful;

yet I struggle
to extend that patience

to my loved ones, coworkers, neighbors,
and even to myself.
As I pray to grow more patient,
I know that it is also a choice
to be repeatedly made.

I need your grace
to choose to live a slow and steady
life of love.



Light a candle and leave it in a place where you will see it often today. Let the lit candle remind you of your intention to choose patience each time you pass.

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