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.
2004 Judith Craig was first elected as a Bishop in The United Methodist Church in 1984. She served for sixteen years, first in the Michigan Area and then in the Ohio West Area. Since her retirement, she has continued an active ministry as Visiting Professor of Church Leadership and Bishop in Residence at Methodist Theological School in Ohio where she continues to mentor the next generation of leaders in the Church. Bishop Craig recently authored Leading Women: Stories of the First Women Bishops of The United Methodist Church.