159. For Those Who Wait
For those who wait for some good thing, (1)
Time seems to pass with glacial speed.
Despite the songs of hope we sing,
We may fear God ignores our needs.
The adversary smiles, and laughs,
And moves new set-backs in our way.
While striving on the Covenant Path,
Our fears and doubts can grow each day.
Of all the virtues God may give,
It may be patience is most rare. (2)
We learn, through strife, that we must live,
Depending on God's constant care.
So we give thanks for trials past,
Which taught us He was always there,
To give us grace and help us last,
Before we fell to sin's despair.
So we should wait with quiet faith,
Despite our griefs, we still believe,
Our Lord will ever keep us safe--
In His "due time" we shall receive.
Then let us succor those in need,
From children, weak, to seniors, frail.
Support and cheer them as they seek,
To heed His Voice: "Let Me Prevail".
And let us trust the Holy One,
Who spent His whole life, "doing good". (3)
Atoning power from God's Son,
Will help us see life as we should.
Our griefs and pains shall pass away,
As if a dream, forever gone.
In Heaven's glory we shall stay,
To sing, as one, our grateful songs.
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1. See: Hebrews 9:11--"But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands..." "Good things" lie at heart of the gospel.
2. Elder Uchtdorf, General Conference, April 2010, "Continue in Patience": "Patience—the ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter.
"Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace."
3. Acts 10:38--How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
"Waiting" has been a core theme of this site and these pieces, since the start of it all. See, e.g. 8, 16, 31, 66, 73, and 75-78, among others.