This week I continue my celebration of everyday people living faithfully every day. No lifting up success, accomplishments or spiritual fame. Nope. Just day-to-day people who live their lives with great faith and no fanfare. I still think this is the most powerful display of faith in the world, largely because it gets very little recognition. Our society, even in Christian circles, tends to celebrate those who produce major achievements, forgetting that most of the faithful will never accomplish such things. Names like Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, John Calvin and Martin Luther will go down in history as the “Greats” who accomplished spectacular levels of spiritual and religious “success,” as well they should. Still, there are millions of people who lived (and are living) lives of deep faith, integrity and conviction who will not be known. I think that kind of faith – faith that is not in the spotlight and not known for large scale influence – is absolutely amazing. Life brings struggle, and they remain faithful. Life offers no fame, and they remain faithful. Life brings heartache, and their faith sees them through it. The world becomes more and more secular and their faith just marches on. I love it.
So today, again, while I know there are many wonderful examples of faith from the realms of achievement and accomplishment, I celebrate the not-so-famous faithful who without fanfare go about living lives of deep faith and conviction day in and day out. Those are my heroes; the faithful whose names I will never know.
Blessings to you and have a great remainder of the week,
Listen to this entry about the book of Hebrews from The Mercer Dictionary of the Bible:
We do not know who wrote Hebrews; we do not know to whom it was written; we do not know precisely why it was written; we do not even know how to classify the book as a writing.
Given my desire this week to lift up the faithful who get no recognition for the practice or accomplishments of their faith, that quote seems very fitting. One of the best lines in all the Bible about faith is written in Hebrews from a faithful person whose name we’ll never know (“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen”). God bless the writer of Hebrews, whom we may never know!
Please remember the good folks of Fourth in your prayers. Here's a list of those we've been remembering:
Dennis and Joan Little - family situations and concerns
Bill & Ruthie Brent ask for prayers for Debbie, Jeff and Loretta
Bill & Ruthie ask for prayers for Bill's step-granddaughter who has stage 4 cancer and is now in hospice care. Please pray for Bill, too, as this is very distressing news for him.
Jan Merrick asks for prayers for friends Karen and Jim. Jim is battling health issues
Michaelle and Larry Steier's son John - eye surgery
Margaret Lewis - Health issues. Prayers, too, for Alex.
Nancy Wright's friend Susannah Lindsay with cancer. Also for Susannah's sons.
Naiser Family asks for prayers for their friend Dillon Frost as he recovers from an accident.
Tom & Robin Woodruff - both recovering from surgery.
The family of Connie Nutgrass who died this week.
Leonard Yates who has been diagnosed with bone cancer and is receiving treatments.
Esther Sparks who had surgery on her arm this week and is recuperating.
Hey Elders, just a reminder that there is a Session meeting next Tuesday at 7:00 at the church. We'll meet in the Fellowship Hall again, observing social distancing of course. Please remember to wear a mask and if you have covid symptoms, please stay home.
Otherwise, see you next Tuesday evening.