• lenten journal: statement of faith

    by  • April 18, 2014 • faith, lenten journal, pilgrim ucc • 4 Comments

    In our Adult Confirmation Class that has met during Lent, we talked about writing a statement of faith. We also discussed how inadequate the verb believe is as a translation of the Greek word for faith, which is a verb. Trust would be a better choice, as far as English goes. With that in mind, in the waning hours of this Good Friday . . .

    I don’t believe in Jesus; I trust him.
    I trust the darkness of today is not the last word.
    I trust that the story doesn’t end with the Resurrection.
    I trust God never quits looking for us.
    I trust God finds some people in different ways than I was found.
    I trust there are times when God speaks and I’m the one hearing nothing but the wind.
    I trust Jesus is who he said he was.
    I trust there is more to Jesus than what I see.
    I trust my faith makes my life worth it, regardless of what comes next.
    I trust it is more important to be loving than it is to be right.
    I trust that God is still speaking.
    I trust God is speaking to more than just me.
    I trust God’s love is the final word, no matter what else is said.
    I trust it will be a word we all can hear.

    Peace,
    Milton

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    4 Responses to lenten journal: statement of faith

    1. Laurie Hays Coffman
      April 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      I’m saying AMEN, Milton. I’m nodding and saying Amen. May I share this in a sermon for Easter? Thank you for these waning words of a Good Friday goodness.

    2. April 19, 2014 at 9:07 am

      I hope you have a very blessed Easter….peace.

    3. D
      April 19, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I wish we had a verb form of “faith” (analogous to “hope,” “love.” Your suggestion of “trust” is good, but for me “faith” also includes “hope,” “desire,” and for-now-imponderably more.

    4. Dale G
      April 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I delete most emails. This one got moved to the “Read Again. Often” folder. Thanks.

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