Isaiah 35:1–10, James 5:7–11, Matthew 11:2–15
 
Alleluia. Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you. Alleluia.
 
“Never pray for patience. The Lord might provide you the opportunity to practice.”  This is wise advice that I received many years ago.  After all, practice is what leads to improvement.  Patience is hard for us, though, isn’t it?  We don’t want to have to wait for those things we want now. Yet, patience is a Biblical command that that we hear reiterated in our Epistle lesson for this week.  “Be patient, until the coming of the Lord.”
Why does God have to wait to send Jesus back?  Why can’t we experience the New Creation now?  Our desire is for God to hurry up and fulfill his promised blessings but God desires to wait.  While we might not understand his waiting, we do know this, he waits because he is patient.
He is patient in his return because he is compassionate and merciful.  In his compassion and mercy he waits so that as many people as possible can hear his Word.  He waits so that as many as he has numbered among his children have a chance for the Holy Spirit to grow faith in them.  He is patient because he loves us. So, whether or not you are going to pray for patience is up to you.  However, if you find yourself practicing patience, use it as chance to remind yourself to give thanks for the patience God shows toward us.  Patience that waited for our faith to begin, patience that waited for us to be the recipients of his blessings.
 
-Pastor Joshua Errer
 
 
Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
 
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion.  Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.  Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  From the house of the Lord we bless you.