To the editor:
During the past month, the news has often been full of stories of crime and horror. In the news we have seen an airplane vanish, a mud slide in Washington state and Russia in a takeover mode. At times like these we find ourselves getting discouraged, we worry, and at times we lose our faith in the world that is revolving around us. The world has changed from what it was when we were growing up. What should not change is our faith.
To keep faith is to maintain a deep internal knowing that there is always hope, and that things will absolutely work out for the best. With this, we need an understanding that it is not important for us to know exactly what "the best" will be like. Faith does not require an active "hoping" for a certain outcome, even when our logical minds can find no rhyme or reason in the events taking place in our lives.
To keep faith allows us to have the assurance that whatever the twists and turns, trials and tribulations of our lives may take, we have the strength to navigate them, and that we will undoubtedly gain much from the experiences.
To keep faith, we do not need to follow any particular Christian religion. Faith does not have to be in anything at all. It can exist just in of itself. Some people find it easier to keep faith when they have a certain set of beliefs, or a powerful higher being to direct that faith toward. I believe the important thing is only that we have faith and commit to trusting both in our own distinctive strength and flexibility, and in the perfect order of the world.
A lot of our insecurities come from an awareness that we've veered off the straightened path from God or from our inner fear that we're not living as we're called to live. When we get onto a crooked path in our journey of life we as humans begin to fall away from God and faith. Being strong spiritually means that we feel that we in our life are walking where we are meant to walk, and that we are being watched and protected by God. There's enormous security in that feeling knowing and feeling the our Lord is walking with us.
Keep your spirituality strong in difficult times and worthy times. Pay attention to your spiritual life. It will comfort your progress over the difficult times. Keep up regularly on prayer, fellowship, service and worship. Faith in action; Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)" Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."
Whatever life brings, let us keep our faith level high above of fears. If we keep faith that we can triumph in good times and bad, there is nothing that we cannot overcome.
Edward L. Hale
Lay minister, Perrysville
and Pleasant Hill UMC