It’s hard for me to write about faith. I did not grow up with a strong faith in God, and it is something I continue struggling with. And yet I can’t stop thinking about today’s reading from Hebrews. It has really forced me to consider what I believe in and why is church important to me?
We read that the figures from the Old Testament “were longing for a better country – a heavenly one.” I dream of a “better country,” too; however, not as a personal reward, but rather as a goal for all of us here on earth. I dream of less violence, greed, and hate; and of more compassion, sharing, and love. But like the subjects of the reading, I know that I will not see this country in my lifetime. Earth may not be such a place for another hundred generations. When I see hints of it, I believe it’s possible.
I see the beginnings of such a world when our teens go on mission trips to help and understand others. I see it in the box of food for the LINK pantry. I see it in the donations for victims of natural disasters. The volunteers who give so much of their time to put together these programs are our ambassadors from this better world.
There are so many wonderful opportunities for the people of Saint Matthew’s to help each other and to help the world. I love getting involved where I can, and always wish I could do more. And I know that I am able to do more, to love more, because of Saint Matthew’s. The church provides me with opportunities to help others, but it is also a community of people who want to help each other help others.
I hope that by seeing me love others, my son will be a more compassionate person. And his children in turn. And then their children. And I honestly believe that all of these acts of love, however small, are steps toward a better country – a heavenly one.
- Mason Turner