Live in Faith

Sunday, August 11

8-11By Steve Jones, presiding bishop

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

—Hebrews 11:1

“You have Stage four lung cancer,” so the doctor told Merilee, my 61 year-old sister. Her choices were clear. Seek treatment with not much hope for a positive result because of its progression, or turn in faith and walk hand-in-hand with Christ to her Heavenly Parent.

For Merilee, her decision was easy because seven years ago she made another life-changing choice. She made the decision to take Christ’s hand and be baptized. This changed everything. Her life became one of peace, purpose and hope.

All the doctors could promise was another six months to a couple of years. Her faith in Christ was the promise of eternal life. Her decision was easy. She chose the hope of eternal life.

And so Merilee stepped out in faith. She gave up her business of cleaning houses. She sold her mobile home and two-thirds of her earthly possessions. She packed her car, left good friends, and came to our home.

Merilee’s life choices reflected a living faith so she could have the hoped for assurance of eternal life. Her life inspires all of us who know her. Might our life choices reflect our living faith. May we choose what matters most.

Prayer for Peace
Faithful God, how good it is to live with the assurance of your presence. How good it is to pray, knowing you listen. May we choose to leave our burdens with Christ. May we choose to share Christ’s peace.

Spiritual Practice: Making Responsible Choices
Prayerfully seek God’s guidance in your choices. Discernment invites us to orient our lives toward God and God’s vision for us and creation. Begin by reviewing the responsibilities and opportunities in the day before you. Take these choices into prayer, asking God for wisdom and insight about what matters most.

Offer yourself to God with the prayer of Teresa of Avila: “God, what do you want of me today?” Sit prayerfully with this question as you review the day again. Be aware of images, thoughts, names, or actions that come to you. Ask for a blessing to live this day responsibly and compassionately in the spirit of Christ.

Peace Covenant
Today, God, I will call on you to guide my choices. I will follow your guidance with faith.          


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