Note to My Readers: Due to the busyness of my summer schedule, in which I'm serving as a camp pastor on top of my normal duties, I'll be putting my ongoing Thursday and Friday series on hold until mid-August. All other days will continue to feature new content as usual, and the Thursday and Friday slots will offer devotional and theological reflections (heretofore unpublished) from my seminary years.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Patience Is an Easy Thing

Patience is an easy thing
Beneath a cloudless sky.
And perseverance, ah!
It flows from joyous springs
When life is bright with soothing rain
And diamonds litter grassy ground.
My patience is no virtue,
Untried by hate and fire,
For it wanes sore thin
In dreary classes
While I am full and warm.
I am lost again,
In the interminable eternity
Of a three-hour lecture;
And virtue is soft and blank
In this impatient heart.
Deus, propitius esto mihi peccatori.

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