thoughts to come tumbling into my mind were, "What would those words
mean to someone who is feeling overwhelmed by life itself? Would they
give courage? Or would Jesus seem too remote to provide strength and stamina
for a life that seemed hopeless?" To trust Jesus, I answered my own
questions, is surely the first, necessary step out of any difficult situation
that seems to hold us captive. But we can't stop there. That leaves Jesus
too separated from us, too distant and uninvolved. A second step has to
follow, and that step is trusting in the presence of Jesus in ourselves.
This is where the power for new life comes from! And this is the essence
of the Christian faith, that the Spirit of God is working in you and in
me and in whoever wrote that graffiti on the lamp post, working in and
through us even now to save us and to save the world. Then I remembered
a statement I'd read long ago: "We show a lack of faith in God by
a lack of faith in ourselves as proceeding from God's creative act."
And, I wondered if this is the faith we teach and if this is the faith
we live as well.
the light turned green, and I went on across the street to Calvary to
begin the day, much more thoughtful than when I'd first left home.
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