“Blessed are the meek . . .” – Q&A #5

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: Will you please hurry up, and tell me about “patience”?

Answer: No problem! Patience is one of the qualities of a meek person, and it means to bear or endure pain or trouble without complaining, or losing self-control. It also means to refuse to be
provoked or angered by another, and to be able to wait calmly for something you desire. That says a lot, doesn’t it! That is why patience is such an outstanding and valued Christian quality.

“The loving patience of Jesus, we must strive to emulate.” (S&H 515)

“What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds.” (S&H 4)

“Wait patiently for divine Love to move upon the waters of mortal mind, and form the perfect concept. Patience must ‘have her perfect work.’” (S&H 454)

“The conscientious are successful . . . by patience, they inherit the promise . . . The lives of great men and women are miracles of patience and perseverance.” (Mis. 340)

And here is a special prayer “To the Big Children” written by Mary Baker Eddy:

“Father-Mother good, lovingly
Thee I seek, — Patient, meek,
In the way Thou hast, —
Be it slow or fast,
Up to Thee.”

Practice: Why not use that prayer today? This is asking God for guidance, and agreeing to patiently follow Him.

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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