May Sermon Illustrations

May 21, 2010

Patience That Can Run

George Matherson said: "To run with patience is a very difficult thing. Running is apt to suggest the absence of patience, the eagerness to reach the goal We commonly associate patience with lying down. We think of it as the angel that guards the couch of the invalid Yet I do not think the invalid's patience the hardest to achieve.

"There is a patience which I believe to be harder—the patience that can run. To lie down in the time of grief, to be quiet under the stroke of adverse fortune, implies a great strength; but I know of something that implies a strength greater still:

"It is the power to work under a stroke; to have a great weight at your heart and still to run; to have a deep anguish in your spirit and still perform the daily task. It is a Christ-like thing!

"The hard thing is that most of us are called to exercise our patience, not in bed, but in the street."—Gospel Herald.

Subjects: Patience

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