The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions.
Corrie ten Boom. She & her family hid persecuted Jews in Nazi Holland during WWII, for which they were imprisoned, tortured & Corrie's family killed. Corrie endured solitary confinement in prison & 10 months of cruelty while interned, yet always prayed for the hearts of her captors. She was released from Ravensbruck concentration camp on New Year’s Eve 1944 & later learned it was due to a clerical error. The women in her age group were sent to their deaths 1 week after her discharge.