|Posted by St. Alban's Episcopal Church on March 3, 2021 at 9:45 AM|
As I write this article, I am listening to the Brene Brown podcast when she interviewed Bishop Michael Curry last Fall on Love & Hope in Troubling Times discussing his book Love is the Way. If you haven’t listened to it, I highly recommend it. Bishop Curry is such an inviting and inspirational presence and it reminded me of the couple times I saw and spoke with him at St. Alban’s. There are many things that stood out in the podcast; however, one is the mention of faith when Bishop Curry says, “I don’t know how all that works. I just trust and believe that it does,” when he is talking about the time of Jesus on the cross. Another directly quoted from Love is the Way, is “It’s how we stay decent in indecent times. Loving is not always easy, but like with muscles, we get stronger both with repetition and as the burden gets heavier, and it works.” As I listened, all I could think is that it couldn’t be truer, that our love and faith does get stronger as the burden gets heavier and we just trust and believe that it does. In many of my devotions lately, I am reminded that obstacles or burdens in our lives bring us closer to God with faith that he will get us through them.
Faith, a powerful word, in our lives, in God, in others is what holds us together. On Sunday night, this was our topic for our Youth Group lesson. We discussed some of them having faith in stepping out in sports and how you get out there and try having faith that you can do it. It is being uncomfortable sometimes and facing it that builds that faith in ourselves. It can be with a job, for me it was this one, that feeling of knowing I was led and the faith to know I could do it. Our wonderful special guest, Wes Wehunt, shared the inspiring story of Dr. Freeman Hrabowski who overcame being arrested as a child in Alabama during a Civil Rights march with Dr. Martin Luther King to later become an advocate for students of all backgrounds to graduate from STEM programs. His faith to overcome the tragic moment in his childhood led him to later become his current role as President of the University of Maryland Baltimore College or UMBC. Faith gives us strength to overcome, believe and achieve things greater than ourselves that we may not have even attempted. At the core of this faith inside of us is our faith in God and that is what I think of as our supreme faith that fuels what we do, try or attempt.
We discuss these short lessons at the beginning of every Youth Group and follow with prayer and then fun games that get us laughing as they did this past Sunday night. There will be a time coming up later this month when we will gather as a Youth Group again thankfully. All parents of middle and high school age youth, please mark the date of March 21st in your calendar and have your youth save the date as well! Join us as we have fun, plan, look ahead and brainstorm a fun, safe future of gatherings, events and experiences as we attempt to move forward in faith to be in person once again.