Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
This is the Bible verse that for years has served as the basis for just about every belief known too man.The fact that a person can have faith in God, has been the substance that has made countries powerful, and simple folks stronger than life itself.
As we view the changing world around us, we can only notice how far away some folks have been drawn from the faith, which the Bible speaks of in the above verse.
As an EMT/Paramedic, I can recall many times when I said to someone just have a little faith, we’ll get you out of this. And for the most, sometimes that went a long way.
But the simple act of faith, in Church, The Bible and religion in general has been abandoned or even just shot right our of the church. Now I was never raised as a Catholic, however I have read the basis of the Catholic belief. And their bases is one of faith just as the New Testament verse above. I find it hard to believe that such a strong powerful tool as faith has been almost eliminated from the Church itself.
The following is a paragraph that I read in a paper while travelling in Kingman, AZ. I have to say I was pretty bummed afterwards.
Copied From the Kingman Coffee News:
Holy Water: A New York City firefighter has invented a unique device – a holy water dispenser that minimizes exposure to germs. Parishioners who dip their hands in the holy water can now do so from a cross-shaped container that dispenses blessed water from the base of the cross. J.H. came up with the design when a colleague told him that he was afraid to shake hands or touch the holy water at church because he was concerned about germs. J.H. said the dispenser is especially good for to protect the older people, who are the ones who attend Mass more frequently.
Really nice idea. However the fact remains that the friend in the above story still has NO faith in the power that the water is to have. The Lord said in his own words as he walked as Jesus and taught his word:
And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye would say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou planted in the sea; and it would obey you. Luke 17:6
What has happened to our faith, the belief that God can truly bless us in a very special way. If we continue to pull away from God, one day we may find ourselves with out the blessings that we seek. I once said to a group going into a conference: Go in asking for a blessing, be prepared to seek the blessing, there by you will find a blessing.
I love the picture above because of the story behind that shot. That town simply wanted to put up a flag, that day. And wanted God to protect them. They got the answer that God would in the appearance of the cross, shining through the flag, as the cranes raised it to that point.
Is you faith tainted, in any way?
By the way, I omitted the name of the Firefighter who designed the device. I believe his intentions were good.