Faith and Current Events

Personal:

I often say to myself after our Sunday discussion group, “That was one of the better ones!”  Then the next week comes and I say the same thing.  Today, our group of 16, simply took five to seven minutes to briefly answer several questions which gave us a glimpse into each other’s lives, passions, and faith.  The last question was, How has Covid19 changed your world?  This group would not exist had not Covid shut down our church discussion group.  We have come together out of our need to find some common ground, community, and a way forward in this time of uncertainty.  

Our core group consists of three couples, three single ladies, five single men, another seven people who attend periodically, aging in range from 23-75, from three countries, life experiences from dozens of countries, and a variety perspectives.  I am so grateful to be in this life’s journey together.  

My Take-Aways:

Some comments on our definition of a “person of faith:”

·       Living it out

·       Belief without proof

·       Searcher of truth/recognizing the role of doubt

·       Pursuer of love

·       Being like Jesus

·       Abraham (The patriarch of faith in the O.T. but also flawed and weak.)

·       Caring for and identifying with the least, lost, lonely

Hebrews 11: 1 “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Another version puts it this way, “What is faith?  It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.  It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.  

James 2: 18 “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith. 

May the Spirit of Christ through this advent season invade and seep deep into our souls giving us a sense of peace, hope, and joy.  Best…Always,  Lou

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