Patience – an acrostic

One of our friends is facing a difficult workplace situation which is proving intractable to resolve, and has asked us to pray that patience and equanimity may replace stress and friction. Patience is, of course, a ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22), and there are times when we could all use a little more…

Petulant, peevish people wearing down my resistance
Awkward administrators aiming to offer no assistance
Truculent truck-drivers tailgating me on the road
Incompetent, interfering idiots pushing me to overload
Everyone, everywhere seems to be on my case.
Now I need to encounter that welcome Spirit of Grace:
Calm me, Lord, as you calmed the stormy sea,
Enfold me in your place of tranquillity.

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