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St Paul writes “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love” Ephesians 4:1-2 (NIV). “…live a life worthy of the calling you have received. …be patient…” Remembering the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) all Christians are called to be neighbor and we have various roles through which we neighbor—love one another. You have a special calling to neighbor as a prayer partner, praying for the child entrusted to you for prayer, praying for the child’s mentor, praying for the child’s family, praying for the child’s teacher(s). To live a life worthy of your calling you need patience and perseverance. I would venture to guess that a majority of the time, a majority of us when we pray for patience, we are not wanting patience as much as we are wanting the situation (whatever it may be) to change so that we do not need to have patience or to be patient. Biblical patience is more than gritting our teeth and “hanging in there.” Biblical patience includes the spirit and demeanor with which we hang in there. It includes a spirit and demeanor of humility where we set aside self-interest and agendas in order to truly focus on the interests and well-being of another. Biblical patience incorporates a spirit and demeanor of gentleness. Biblical patience is best expressed through a presence, a being with/bearing with another in love. Biblical patience is not passive, rather with biblical patience we take our eyes off of ourselves and we focus on the need at hand, asking God “What can I do to help?”. Prayer for your student: Jesus, give me patience and help me instill patience in others, particularly in the mentor with whom I serve. I don’t have all the answers, but I can be a presence, a support, an encourager as ________ and I, through Your Spirit, seek to make a different in the life of __________. Be with our mentee ___________ and help him/her gain patience at school with teachers and staff and at home with parents and siblings. Amen. Bill Cullen Director of Outreach & Discipleship Mt Olive Lutheran Church Chicago, IL

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