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A pastor told of being in the store the other day and the person in front of him wanted to leave, but her receipt was slow coming out of the cash register. She started making motions with her hand trying to speed up the printing of her receipt. As he watched her he was amused until he realized how many times he had done the very same thing. He had become impatient waiting for the printer to print, the coffee to brew, and the light to change. We who live in this culture of convenience and instant gratification have lost the art of waiting. People in places like Russia may wait in line for hours for a loaf of bread. People in places like Afghanistan may wait weeks. But we are irritated if the line at McDonald’s isn’t moving fast enough.