Friday, January 02, 2009

Hebrews 11:1-12

We can all use a dissertation on faith every now and again, don’t you think? Some of us are better at faith than others, I’m sure. But, doesn’t also seem that God places lessons of faith at the very time and place where they are needed the most? Look at George Bailey in “It’s A Wonderful Life”.

This is one of those times in my life. Today is my son’s 21st birthday. I think back to the last 21 years and everything that has transpired in between. At any one given moment, it seemed like a normal life time, but looking back, each moment was precious.

As our children age – in fact, as we ourselves age – we have so many dreams and hopes. We have faith in their future. We perhaps have even more faith in their ability to survive than in our ability to get through life. But, having them around gets us through as well. We work so hard at getting them where they need to be – prepared for life.

In fact, faith plays a huge part in bringing up children, in my mind anyway. In today’s reading, this verse rings particularly true: “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, SO THAT WHAT IS SEEN WAS NOT MADE OUT OF WHAT WAS VISIBLE” (emphasis added).

So much of what we do for our family we do from blindness as to what the ultimate outcome will be. It is with faith – and, if you’re like me, lots of prayer – that we continue to plug along. Yet, it’s not out of faith alone. I don’t believe that God means for parents to be devoid of decision-making except out of divine guidance. And that, of course, is the crux of the issue.

We really won’t know the fruits of the parents’ labors until the children are fully grown, and sometimes until they have children of their own. In the meantime, we continue with faith in believing the best in them – and the best in ourselves.

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