This scripture reading has always been a place of strength. Listing those who lived by faith. Abraham packed up everything and started walking. Maybe because I left my home to move to St. Louis I identified with his faith
Hebrews 11:8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed the call to set out for a country that was the inheritance given to him and his descendants, and that he set out without knowing where he was going.
It is only with faith that I can do the things God ask, not because of results seen but because God promised it.
Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, before receiving any of the things that had been promised, but they saw them in the far distance and welcomed them, recognising that they were only strangers and nomads on earth.
In faith I know God is always walking with me and the promised land is Heaven. The road is sometimes smooth and other times rough.
I think not only of the faith of those listed in Hebrews, but of all the Saints and of my own ancestors who sacrificed so that I had my faith given to me as a gift — at baptism.
Walking in faith for me has included blessings and sacrifices. Faith meant letting go of things I felt previous. The hardest was moving in 1986 to St Louis. My niece who I adore was 4 years old. I missed her terribly. But I believed God called me away.
Faith also meant forgiving and saying I am sorry. My mind wanted to do the logical thing and wanted to do what seemed fair. But God is in charge of fair and mercy. He directs me to show mercy. So in faith I go to reconciliation (confession) and in faith have forgiven those who hurt me. In faith saying sorry to those I hurt.
Faith. It came from reading scripture, going to church, having friends who are believers, reading the stories of the saints and practicing. Just doing what God asked, whether it seemed fair or just or possible.
Yes I have messed up but the goal is the promised land. So if I get side tracked I head back to the right path. If I fall off the path all the knowledge of faith brings me back.
That is my reflection as I sit waiting for my car today.