Christocentric Patience through Prayer and Suffering

I apologize for my absence yesterday, I came down with a stomach bug.  I wanted to touch more on patience and the Lord’s time frame. Never forget that there is no concept of time with the Lord. The Lord will not let anything happen to us that he does not seem fit.  It is so easy, as human beings to want, to need, to have instant gratification.  We must learn patience, but not just any patience, what I like to deem “Christocentric Patience”.  We sin against the Lord daily.  The evil one wants it that way, wants us to turn away from the Lord.  But through our repentance, through our suffering, we have God’s grace and Love.  Have patience in the Lord, knowing that he has us, through thick and thin.  Know that he only wants what is best for us, and that through our suffering we can grow closer to him.  Suffering is the centerpiece for all that we are, all that we will become.  Christ is Lord, Christ is God.  Christ had the ways and the means to prevent himself from the Passion, from the crucifixion.  He CHOSE to suffer so that we may live.  Our patience is paramount in everything we do.  Things will not happen on our time table.  The things we pray for may not be answered.  But this is not because He does not love us, it is because he knows what is best for us.  His Love is unwavering, His Love is our guide. Through prayer anything can and will be answered.  I had many questions that I needed guidance on, things that I had listed out to ask for in guidance from my Priest.  These things I had listed out on this past Sunday.  I prayed, and asked for guidance.  I met with him today- and you know what?  Through prayer I had no list- God had answered me and give me guidance, so that by the time today came, I had nothing.  It definitely made my Priest’s job easier, but ultimately, prayer showed me the way.  God is ever present in our lives.  Through prayer, scripture, and reflection, He will talk to us, and show us the way.  Have patience, have Christ’s patience.  Know that through Him, all things are possible, and that he wants what is best.  Lord, make my suffering a testament to Your Divine will, let me be patient and Holy in what you desire is best for me.

Colossians 1 

22 Yet now he hath reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unspotted, and blameless before him:
23 If so ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and immoveable from the hope of the gospel which you have heard, which is preached in all the creation that is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a minister.

24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up those things that are wanting of the sufferings of Christ, in my flesh, for his body, which is the church:   

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