Year of Faith 2

Number 2: 11 October 2012, Moses
Did you ever go for a walk and see a fascinating event that transfixed or even transformed you? It might have been a starry sky, a sunset, a cloud formation, a tree, flower, fish or frog. It might have simply a sense of peaceful wellbeing as you walked or cycled to work. When you experienced such an event, later on you may have thought, “Is this going to make a difference to my life?” or “How can I live differently from now on?”

That event and experience was the beginning of your tansformation. Your reflection and intention gave you energy to take the steps towards making a change.

Experiencing and reflecting are parts of exercising your gift of faith. When you set out on a journey in the hope of reaching your goal, your place of work, a holiday spot or visiting a friend- you are exercising your gift of faith. You leave something behind and you become someone new on your journey.

So, faith isn’t a “thing”. Faith is a gift of doing and acting, moving you to a goal.
You may throw yourself into your husband’s or wife’s arms.
You open your arms to your children and parents and friends.
You are exercising that gift of faith that they will respond in faith to you.

Beginning in September 2012 we are celebrating a “Year of Faith”. On these pages you will find reflections and helps for the next twelve months.

Over 4000 years ago, the family of Abram lived in the city of Ur in the land of Haran, in the north of present-day Iraq. Abram sensed a call from outside himself to move on pilgrimage to a new land.
“Go to a country which I will show you.” If you have a Holy bible in your home you may read the account of this event in chapter 12 of the Book of Genesis. It was first passed from mouth to mouth and finally written down about 3200 years ago.

This is the beginning of the story of the revealing of God’s plan to rescue the human race from the sad divisions it was suffering then and is still suffering.
Divisions of race
Divisions of social class
Divisions of wealth
Divisions of privilege and power.

© Ealing Abbey, copyright 13 September 2012