Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 12:1
This blog-site, roughly revolves around three things: food, family/friends and faith. Now, recognising that we’re all at different places in terms of faith in God and not wanting people to tune out, how do we talk about faith? A blog gives me a chance to think out-loud, so bear with me :-). At one level everyone is a person of faith. We all have a set of beliefs which help us to make sense of the world. We cannot always find evidence of the truth of these beliefs and so faith involves an assurance about what we do not see. ‘The world is becoming a better place’ is a faith statement, as is, ‘you can trust no one’.
This weekend we visited Great Barrier Island and I took a service at St John’s which is an Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian union – honestly! I’ve gone over annually for a number of years now and so wanted to tell them a little about our move. Here is an excerpt from my message. I explained how we have an orchard a huge vege garden, and a couple of small paddocks. “However, there is a bigger vision with this place. At the start of the process to leave Rotorua, I would casually say to people that I’d like some land with accommodation options which had space for a mini retreat centre. I think I said it one too many times and I think God was listening in. The place we set our heart on has been used as a bed and breakfast place and can be split into three separate areas and 4 bedrooms can be set up for guests. It’s like God has laid down the challenge. ‘Ok, so you want this, now you go and set it up.’
Apart from leaving good jobs behind and, not having jobs to go to, the real step of faith for me is to now to act on what I hope for. ‘Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.’ Faith for me, is to have confidence in that hope and to work towards what is unseen. Ultimately, within much of Christianity, the hope is eternal life, where God’s will is fully accomplished, or in other words where the Kingdom of God is fully realized. However, in terms of a step along the way, and as something which God is calling us to now, this is our act of faith. This is in a way, what God might be asking of Miranda and I as a part of the prayer: ‘Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.’”
So, this is a little about the journey of faith we are on! Your comments are welcome. Share how you see faith.
In the food section.
We’ve got lots of citrus ripening. We’re loving lemon curd (lemon honey) and freshly squeezed fruit drinks most days.
Miranda is going to make a lemon and mustard chutney and also we’ll be preserving lemons as well. We’ll let you know how it goes. Maybe Miranda will post the recipes, or put them up on the blog-site – somewhow.
The big excitement is that tomorrow we get four chooks. We’ll let you know how that goes and the story behind them as well.
Nga mihi nui
Kevin & Miranda