Tomorrow is a day for faith.
I’ll begin the day by driving over to the Orange Grove Church of Christ in Gulfport to preach. My message will be one of hope, both for a day to come… and for now. This congregation has been shaken to the core by recent events. They are staggered by the presence of evil in their midst, and yet they stand tall in faith in the power of God. Although I generally know what I hope to say, I have faith that God will be present and moving to meet the needs of this hurting family of believers.
Tomorrow is John Robert’s 22nd birthday. Today I said to a friend that it ‘would have been’ his 22nd birthday. She reminded Maggy and I that John Robert is alive as he has ever been, and more. There was a time that I would not have received that well. Working our way through the maze of grief was / is a big challenge. I am encouraged and hopeful. Of course we all miss him with all of our hearts…and always will.
I would not like to face tomorrow without faith. If I didn’t know that Karen and Cole and John Robert were safe in the arms of Jesus, I wouldn’t want to face the day. If I failed to recognize that God is suffering with us now but arranged for ultimate victory, I would have no reason for joy. Without faith I would not stand before any family of believers… What would I say? Without faith I’d be left to sort through this on my own power and wisdom. That’s not going to work out very well.
So it is that everyday is a day for faith. And our sufferings are why we need faith. If not for this, why else? You know, tomorrow is a day for faith for you as well. Temptation, cancer, pain, discouragement, doubt … we will all face something. This is not the time to go it alone.