14 JUNE 2021
HEROES OF FAITH
Hebrews 11 is known as the roll call of the faithful. It lists all the heroes of the Old Testament and explains how they persevered, even when they could not see how God's promises would possibly be fulfilled. Noah, a flood and an ark, Moses hearing promises from a burning bush, Abraham leaving his homeland, Rahab playing her part, etc. It struck me this weekend that one heroin who has not been on the list is the mother of Jesus, Mary. The angel appeared to her and she complied with the instructions she was given, against all human understanding. Then she pondered in her heart the things that Jesus said and did while he was growing up. And finally, she was at the foot of the cross as he died - still not understanding what God had put in motion but believing that God had indeed brought it all about. It seems to me that Mary could be listed right alongside of Noah, Moses, Abraham and those others who pursued their path with nothing but faith to lead them on.
I am also reminded of my own mother and who prayed for me as a young man, even when I was seemingly going off track. I recall the last visit to my grandmother in her nursing home as her mind was fading. The last thing she said was, "I'm praying for you, Allen." I recall Howard and Bettye in more recent years who took me under their wings and encouraged me even when I made some decisions they considered unwise. And Virgil, the chaplain who trusted in God's ability to use me to minister to others even though I had little in the way of formal training. And there are others.
Yes, we have those in our lives who had faith in God's plan and encouraged us even when it was not clear what the future would hold. They are my heroes. I am thankful for each of them. Are you?
Blessings and peace,