“Patience is a virtue.” – William Langland
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” – Galatians 5:22-23
Please be patient with your school administration, teachers, staff etc; as this school year begins. None of them have ever tried to teach or guide our children during a pandemic before. They are doing the best they can. Encourage and pray for them.
Please be patient with your children as they go back to school. They will experience anxiety and stress as they attempt to socially distance, and experience new class arrangements and procedures. This is new to them and they will need some time to adjust.
Please be patient with your parents as they send you to school each day. They have made the best, informed decision they can make for you, but they are still anxious and concerned about what you will experience each day at school. Give them time to adjust as well.
Please be patient with virtual learning. This style of learning hasn’t been done on such a large scale before. There are going to be “hiccups” and much learning and adjustment will take place. Be patient with the school, students and parents as they navigate these uncharted waters.
Please be patient with your church leaders. None of them have ever led during a pandemic before. They are prayerfully making decisions to help protect their church but also provide spiritual and emotional growth while attempting to keep the church united and on mission. It’s not an easy task. Be patient with them and encourage them.
Please be patient with those who view the pandemic differently than you do. There is an abundance of information regarding the cause, treatment and effects of this virus. This leads to confusion, and heightened stress and anxiety. Be patient with your friends, neighbors and family members. None of us have lived in a pandemic. We are doing the best we can.
Please be patient with the employees at our local stores and the waiters and waitresses at our local restaurants. They have never served in a pandemic before. They have all been criticized and told they aren’t being “safe enough” or they are being “too safe”. They often bear the brunt of anger regarding policies and procedures they have no control over. Be patient with them. They are serving you the best that they can.
Please be patient with our government authorities on the local, state and national levels. None of our leaders ever thought they would be leading through a pandemic and many of them have not been trained to do so. They are attempting to figure things out just like we all are. Be patient with them and pray for their wisdom and discernment to lead during these difficult times.
Please be patient with yourself. You have never lived through times such as these before. You have felt anxious, stressed, confused, frustrated, angry and, at other times, broke down and laughed at the craziness of these times. You are on an emotional roller coaster. Be patient with yourself and allow yourself to feel what you are feeling. Remember, that God is in control and He will see us through.
He is working while we are patient.