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Thought for the Day

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Practicing Peace Requires Patience

Two weeks ago, a young man followed me home in order to yell at me. His message: Driving under the speed limit on a city street in a residential neighborhood had inconvenienced him. I was not considerate of other people.

I don’t know how long he followed me driving under the speed limit but it couldn’t have been more than five minutes in total.  I apologized for his inconvenience and hurried my 13 year old granddaughter into the house and locked the door.

Her response was, “If he’s in that big a hurry, why did he take the time to follow you home and harass you.”

My thought was, “The speed limit is a maximum not a minimum. These streets are full of children. I’d rather not kill one of them.”

In this situation, Peace required patience on my part since the young man had left his patience behind.

When we’re praying for a world peace, we need to practice patience in our own lives. Whether we’re driving, standing in line, listening to others, on the job or at leisure, build an aura of peace in your life.

Pray for patience.  Practice patience.

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This year as Mothers’ Day approaches, Robert Munsch’s poem keeps running in my mind, “I’ll love you forever. I’ll love you for always. As long as I’m living, your mother I’ll be.” Our role as Mom continues as it changes over the years.

A month ago, my oldest grandson moved to Vancouver to begin a new life as an adult. My daughter shared, “I love receiving one line texts from Chris. I understand now what it’s like to have your child grow up and move away.” I nodded and thought about son, Dave and his family in Ethiopia. Even when being Mom of adult children brings challenges, I treasure the privilege.

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I remember being filled with wonder as my children returned home as young adults at the end of their first year at university. Lively conversation entertained us at our dinner table. I was proud and happy. By Mother’s Day two or three weeks later, the edges of that joy had frayed a little. This new adult, who had experienced eight months of total freedom from mother’s concerns, questions, advice introduced a new challenge to motherhood. Divorce, job loss, sickness, grief, and more drive adult children home to live, not just for the summer, but sometimes for years.

The challenges of motherhood keep changing. The continuous process of letting go requires the love described in 1 Corinthians 13, “Love is patient. Love is kind… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” This Mothers’ Day, I offer the following prayer for families at every stage in a child’s development.

“Loving God, you created us to live in relationship because you know we need one another. Turn our minds and hearts to seek out and savour the moments of joy in every phase of our lives together. When tough times come, help us soak in your wisdom, patience and strength. Enable us to let go when necessary and to gather in and comfort when needed. Help us to let go of the guilt from past mistakes and begin each day anew. We want to love well. We want our relationships to be healthy. Help us to remember that with you there is hope. You are always with us, wanting and planning a future filled with joy and laughter. Amen”