“In our hearts we all long for a more real, more vibrant and deeper faith–a real faith. we meet real faith in people who know the real god. real faith requires an attentive heart. We experience faith in action before we understand it. Do you ever find yourself wondering where your faith comes from? It comes from an experience of love. When faith takes root in your heart it will ripple through your life—if you let it. best of all, it doesn’t stop with you. it demands to be shared and communicated as an ‘experience of grace and joy’ for others. When faith grows, all we need to do is stand still and let God find us”. —- mary ann barnhorn
I read that quote in a newsletter a couple of months ago. I have been pondering it ever since. Debates reverberate about faith, grace, works, and more. My faith and my knowledge of God are a gift. Throughout my life, God has been there for me. To me, the big meaning behind Pentecost was that the message to the apostles was to be bold, spread the word. throughout His ministry, Jesus reminded His followers to continually live their faith–to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the imprisoned, care for the sick…love their neighbor. You see, when you are filled with love, how can you ever have a finite amount of care for others?
Now I totally “get” that there are days, weeks, or even longer when we are worn out, worn down, care-worn, and feel completely washed out. We feel that we have nothing left inside us to spare—we just can’t do it anymore. But you see, that is the wondrous mystery of giving and loving. It is at those times when we have no choice but to regroup and collapse, that someone else begins to give with renewed strength. The world goes on.
We each long for love, affirmation, the chance to give, the chance to be heard. The King of renewed chances is there through it all, that is what I believe. Even on days when I feel downright lousy about myself, I know that He loves me. Signs of it abound. Every day my son and my husband are there. They keep on having faith in our family.