Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Drawing upon evocative stories from several religious traditions, Palmer celebrates the exuberance and unpredictability of the active life. He also frankly names its many temptations: the desire to prove ourselves, to be powerful, to dazzle others, to settle for quick fixes, to allow our sense of inadequacy to prevent us from acting. But the path to wholeness, he argues, lies as much in our failures as our successes, and in the compassion they teach us.