Tuesday, January 23, 2007

By Faith

The night before I was ordained, a group of good friends hosted a tea and "witness" gathering in my honor. During the evening, a friend read aloud to me the notorious faith chapter in Hebrews. But that night, I heard it with new ears. Often times, we find ourselves skipping down to chapter 12 to read about the "great cloud of witnesses" that have laid the path before us.

But I think chapter 11 is crucial to our understanding of those who have lived in faith.

"By faith Noah, when warned about things not seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family."

"By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went even though he did not know where he was going."

"By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned."

"By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days."

May we be reminded this morning of our brothers and sisters before us who led by faith.
How do we name our faith today?

By faith, I sit in this NY apartment writing this blog; hoping that someone will be encouraged and inspired today.

By faith, I booked a plane ticket to Prague in hopes of furthering our work on a dream in the form of a book.

Name your faith today and know that God is faithful, even when we cannot see the outcomes. Furthermore, may we live in the promise that we do in fact have an incredible cloud of witnesses who encourage us to keep moving forward.

How do you name your faith today? Share with us. We are listening and we are walking beside you on this wild and wonderful journey of faith.



Blogger sparkfly said...

By faith, I am attending a winter school with people from India, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic .
. . hoping to give and take as we deepen our areas of study.

By faith, I walk slowly into the future . . . holding on to gigantic expectations and an even bigger God.

From the mountains of Janske Lazne,

7:56 AM  
Blogger Mindy said...

By faith I am sitting in a job that, while I enjoy, is not what I am passionate about, trusting that God will lead me and open doors to that passion in His time.

By faith I am going to Prague in two weeks to help plan the future of an organization that could do amazing things.

By faith I am helping to plan an ICAP NA meeting in the hopes of gathering together those who share the passion of freedom and abolition.

From my desk at work,

10:24 AM  

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