This week I am beginning a new series called Essential Tools for Living in a Time of Pandemic. We begin with FAITH. The vital importance of faith in the Christian life is highlighted in texts such as Genesis 12:1-4; Romans 1:16-17, Hebrews 11:1-16, Matthew 17:20, and Jeremiah 17:7-8. But what is faith? How can we grow in faith? What difference does faith make in our lives? How does faith guide our actions in times such as these? Faith is our living connection to God. Richard Rohr says that “God’s life and love flow into you as soon as you are ready to allow it. That is the core meaning of faith—to dare to trust that God could, will, and does have eternal compassion toward you.” Think about that!
In the coming weeks we will be exploring together other essential tools for living in these challenging and uncertain times: Spirit, hope, love, patience, understanding, and freedom. I have trust that God will grant us what we need for the living of these days.