it bears the soul as bold

Our pastor preached on faith today.  One point he made sticks out in my mind tonight – how Jesus did not commend Peter for his faith when he walked those few steps on water.  Jesus said Peter had little faith …

“Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”  

And yet, Peter did walk on water … he had faith to step out of the boat!  What does that say about my faith?!?

Faith — is the Pierless Bridge
Supporting what We see
Unto the Scene that We do not —
Too slender for the eye

It bears the Soul as bold
As it were rocked in Steel
With Arms of Steel at either side —
It joins — behind the Veil

To what, could We presume
The Bridge would cease to be
To Our far, vacillating Feet
A first Necessity.
~Emily Dickinson

Faith is being sure, confident, certain … of what we hope for and do not see.

It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination. If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn t believe the world existed. ~Annie Dillard

“All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers. We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us.”  ~ Eugene Peterson

The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith.  He responded you only need faith the size of a mustard seed.  The mustard seeds in my spice rack are tiny!

Lord, increase my faith …

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One Response to it bears the soul as bold

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