Faith is…

Ever been asked by someone to explain what you believe?  Especially, if they’re from a different faith tradition, or no community of faith at all, it can be really pretty difficult.  Much like speaking two different languages, much can get lost in translation.

This week, we’ll jump from Jesus teaching his disciples how to be disciples, to an unknown writer telling a new community of Christians how to live through times of uncertainty and struggles.  By faith…

But what is faith?  What is faith when all is right with the world?  What is faith, when everything is falling apart?  The writer of Hebrews tells us “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for, the absolute conviction that there are realities you’ve never seen.”  Hebrews 11: 1. 

Right now, we’re waiting for 60 kids from the Hattie B. Cooper Center to join us for an Awesome Day on the Cape.  We’ll go to the beach, share a picnic, play and make crafts.  This project is a tangible expression of our faith.  Our awesome director of Children’s Ministries, Val, stepped out in faith.  “Could we…?”  Our church responded with faith–an exuberant “Yes!” lived out in hands to help, resources shared, prayers offered, faces smiling, hearts opened.  Can I offer you a concise, theologically correct definition of what faith is and is not–not today.  But as I see it, faith is reaching out a hand, opening our hearts, and allowing love to bridge the gap.  Looking forward to an awesome day.

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