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.
Theologian, mother, and writer Bonnie Miller-McLemore asks what faith and spirituality have to do with parenting and how caring for children in a more intentional and faithful way can benefit parents own spiritual and faith lives. Parenting reframed in this way alleviates the need for parents to be all-knowing authority figures who impart spiritual knowledge to children, and empowers parents to notice what they are already doing as potentially valuable and to practice it more consciously as part of their own faith journey.
Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore (Brentwood, TN) is Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. A respected feminist theologian, she has written extensively on cultural and familial issues and religion.