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.
Trinity Lutheran Church was burned to the ground by one of the most prolific arsonists in the history of the United States.When Paul Keller was finally apprehended and imprisoned, one of his first visitors was Rick Rouse, pastor of the church he burned. Pastor Rouse said that he was compelled by Christ to visit Paul and offer him his personal forgiveness.
That simple and profound act began a process of healing and transformation that included the entire congregation, the victims of arson, and his family. Through sharing his story—and highlighting other stories of forgiveness—Pastor Rouse outlines the path toward reconciliation that many have experienced when relying upon God’s gift of forgiveness. Truly inspirational!