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On Faith

By: Brian Robertson


Faith is not something you generate in yourself. It’s not yours to make. Faith is simply knowing that God loves you, has always loved you, and will love you until the end of time, no matter what. And when you know that, you respond the only way you can: You love God back. You return the love given to you as fully and selflessly as it came to you, because you are so grateful that it came to you in the first place. I think that’s what faith is. It’s a involuntary response to an undeniable truth.

 

David Westerberg
St. James Episcopal Church, Austin

 

heros journey

 

 

When I was young — very young — my father took me to a kind of social sponsored by the company he worked for. I was so young the story has come to me not through memory, but through untold tellings by my dad, who passed away a little less than a year ago at age 90. It seems a woman had taken a trip to Europe and the presentation was a series of slides that documented her trip. Now, while most people would show a slide of a fountain, for instance, and then move on, this particular approach wasn’t utilized by the presenter. No, there would be, let’s say 8 or 9 shots of the same fountain from various angles, one after another.

It is possible this took longer than the actual trip itself. Ages. The woman said, finally, “And here is the final picture…..” to which I, a kid, said, “Thank heavens that’s over.” It was apparently enough to embarrass my father, although he said that afterwards a dozen people came up to him and said, quietly, “I wish I could have been the one to say that!”

The point is, stories about ourselves can be very boring, and I’m afraid that holds true for much of what passes for “witnessing.” I hope the visitor will indulge me for a bit of time while I offer what may seem to some to be a rather odd route into Christianity. Others may find it resonates somewhat with their own experiences. Although the result of my small story perhaps should come under the heading “Christianity for Dummies” I’ll leave that for others to decide, and I’d probably agree with either verdict.

I’ll take up that journey in the next posting and, more to the point, what I think I’ve realized at this point in the voyage.

Blessings,

Brian