Dear friends in Christ, the readings for Sunday are Psalm 119:57-64; Isaiah 44:6-8; Romans 8:18-27; Matthew 13:24-30,36-43.

Patience – who couldn’t use a little more of that in life? Patience seems always to be in such short supply. Patience with ourselves, with others, or even with God. Part of the reason why patience is so hard for us is because it conflicts with our need to always be in control. And being in control (we tend to think) means THIS NEEDS TO BE FIXED RIGHT NOW! (Sorry for the shouting, but you get the idea.) Patience, on the other hand, may require you to hold your tongue, delay immediate action, or reserve judgment, all of which can feel (even if it’s not) like a defeat. This week’s Gospel is another farm-themed parable from Jesus – this one on the subject of weed control. Both here and in the Romans reading, we are urged to be patient and trust God. Trust Him to sort out the good from the bad (Matt. 13) and to liberate us from sin’s influence (Rom. 8). Trust Him to do it His way and in His time. To exercise patience in this way is not a loss of control, because you never had any control to begin with. And it is certainly not a defeat (except maybe the defeat of your ego). Rather, it is a reassurance that God is fully in control (Is. 44) and through His Son Jesus will bring His plans for us to perfect completion. We just need to be patient. The LORD bless you to that end!