Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit focus for the second half of this term has been ‘Patience’.
As a class we discussed the meaning of ‘Patience’ as the ability to endure with quiet hope and trust. Patience relates not only to short-term or every day situations, such as remaining calm when forced to wait, but also to larger more significant circumstances where disappointments, illnesses, challenges, long-term awards or gains and also stresses all require patience. It also takes patience to be tolerant of mistakes, to do something now that only later will be fruitful and to accept what we cannot change.
Examples of ‘Patience’ at school:
- Putting your hand up instead of calling out
- Waiting your turn without complaining
- Actively listening to the ideas of others
- Helping others, rather than doing things for them
- Encouraging classmates when mistakes are made, rather than criticising them
- Persisting with goals
- Compromising, rather than making insisting that things always go our own way
- Looking at our own mistakes positively as learning opportunities
In partners we wrote ‘Patience’ acrostic prayers.
Patience is what you gave us and we struggle to use it so please strengthen us with your powerful but gentle love.
All we need is some lessons to share our love that we’ve learned from you.
Teach me how I can wait my turn and show diligence.
I pray that we learn how to use patience in our everyday life. Please guide us along the right path.
Even if I fall down I know you will catch me and bring me back up with your patience.
Now that I have learned what patience is, please teach me more about your heavenly life and keep on guiding me no matter what.
Calls from heaven teach me how to live a life no one else can.
Even though I have to go I know that you will always protect my family and friends and catch them every time they fall.
By Patricia and Chloe
Patience is a part of life. I am writing this prayer to you because patience is the key to life.
A part of patience is tolerating others.
There are people who don’t show patience and you should help them to be the best that they can be.
I strongly believe that anyone can show patience even if you are frustrated.
Even if someone is taking a while to do something, you wait your turn.
Now I shall show patience to my peers and everyone.
Continuing to show patience I will always follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
Everyone should know how to control his or her frustration.
By Jacob and Christian