"Learn to labor and to wait"

In Retrospection and Introspection Mrs. Eddy quotes Longfellow's words, "Learn to labor and to wait," Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, A Psalm of Life; adding this comment of her own, "Of old the children of Israel were saved by patient waiting." Ret., p. 79;

According to Webster, one meaning of "to wait" is "to be in expectation." Therefore waiting and hoping are closely related. An unwillingness to wait might well indicate absence of hope.

Hope is of God. It gives vitality and impetus to every endeavor. A sense of expectancy is accompanied by joy, patience, confidence, trust, freshness, zeal, and inspiration. Lack of hope, on the other hand, would denote impatience, human will, lethargy, and mental darkness.

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