But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. - 2 Peter 3:8-9
Dear heavenly Father,
Today I am not only thankful that you are so patient with me but also that you are patient with all those I love and hold dear who have wandered away from you. I know that you are patient with the whole world and that makes me trust your love even more. Make me patient like you so I am there for everyone no matter how far they have fallen.
Patience is the first leaf sprouting out of mercy.
Additional Reading: Matthew 5:2-12