I was going through my twitterfeed, and two quotes struck me. British prime minister Gordon Brown said in his address to US Congress: "We conquer our fear of the future through our faith in the future." (Reported by NPR's Andrea Seabrook). Author Leonard Sweet said (twittered), "True faith is not our firm hold on certain truths, but trust in God's loving, sure hold on us."
Faith. What is it? Is it looking with blinders on, neither to the right or left, but clinging to what we've always known? Is it boundless hope, caught up in the idea that if we wish hard enough, what we want will come to pass?
As wonderful as Mr. Brown's speech was: "So we must educate our way out of the downturn, invest and invent our way out of the downturn, and re-tool and re-skill our way out of the downturn;" I don't have faith in the future in itself. I pray that God has mercy on our nation and the nations of the world and allows for a less stressful economic situation for our children. However, I can't even say for sure what the future holds, or even if we as human beings have much of a future. Like a blink of an eye, the end of the world will come "like a thief in the night" (1 Thessalonians 5:2).
As Mr. Sweet said, it is not even one particular truth or truths that defines faith. Faith is an act of the heart, not an act of the head. Like a child trembling in fear, I rest in the arms of a Father who says, "Daddy's here. I've got you. It's okay. Daddy's here."
Let us not forget, "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."
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