Not being afraid, and living by faith
Jesus seems to always be reminding us to not be afraid – whether that message comes directly from him or from a messenger. In our gospel lesson again this week we hear, “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
When I look around at our world and everything that is happening, it is hard not to be afraid. Everyday there is another shooting, nasty words are exchanged by leaders or those who want to be leaders, more and more people are displaced, homeless and hungry, and many seem to be not just on opposite sides of issues but at the extreme poles of those issues. It is hard to feel any stability or comfort or firm foundation as we walk our journey.
Yet, we hear from the writer of the letters to the Hebrews to be people who live by faith. The writer goes on to explain that our ancestors, and in this portion of chapter 11, Abraham, left all he knew, journeyed to a foreign land, lived in tents, and came to believe, beyond all knowledge, that his descendants would be more that the stars of the heavens or grains of sand on the shore.
But what is faith?
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
What are the things we hope for? What in our hearts are we persuaded to believe and yet not see? For me, it is when I don’t know or see that I discover my faith; that I can feel and know God’s presence in me and in the world around me.
Sue von Rautenkranz