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Topic: Patience (08/21/08)
TITLE: HOW LONG ?
By Paul Potenza
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How long Oh Lord must we cry out to You?
Can you hear the anguish in those words?
Perhaps you've been crying out too.
It doesn't have to be anything big. Maybe you hate your job. The kids have been getting on your nerves. Your husband spends all Sunday afternoon sprawled out in the barcalounger eating potato chips and watching some idiot televised golf match while rooting around in his drawers like there's a gold nugget in there, when he could be doing something really useful like fixing the dryer which he has promised a million times to do. Meanwhile, you are personally relageted to hanging the clothes on a line that he strung between two trees using an old dog lead from a long since dead family pet whom you personally hated anyway because she had fleas.
Or maybe you're the husband in this case who is proud of his ingenuity at being able to recycle that same dog lead (even though it broke his heart to utilize a part of "Old Sissy's" past for something as mundane as a clothesline), but was willing to do it for his beloved bride so that those clothes would get the bright sunshine they deserve instead of being dried electrically. Not to mention the fact that you had to waste nearly 30 minutes of the U.S. Open AND you smashed your thumb with that stupid hammer! (And she DIDN'T have fleas, she just had sensitive skin.) But did SHE appreciate it? (The wife that is, not Sissy) Oh NO!!
How LONG Oh Lord?
No big preachy sermon here. No scriptures to recite.
We all have problems.
Kiss the grizzled cheek of the man who hung your clothesline.
Scratch the back of the woman who washes your dirty clothes.
Love your children.
Work at your job like someone who is working directly for God.
Stop complaining and look to God whose patience has bested eternity.
How long Oh Lord?
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