Some days are wonderful, and we rejoice, counting our blessings. Other days are challenging, indeed deflating. There is a southern phrase about those times when the stumbling blocks are many, one is at wits’ end, the fuse is short, faith is fleeting: “losing my religion.”
There is a popular song from the early 1990s by R.E.M – “Losing My Religion” – that speaks to a challenging love relationship. We’ve all had them. I remember talking to a pastor after a failed public relationship and the related disenchantment. Here words of wisdom were: “love people, trust God” toward forgiveness.
People will betray, hurt, and fail you. Challenges will befall you. Even in our trials and tribulations, God is with us. As the song goes, “faithful is our God.” And, in turn, we are called to be faithful to God. Things may not always go our way, but we are called to hope and trust in God, in the thick and thin. God will see us through.
In this week’s Scripture, the disciples call out to Jesus, “Increase our faith!” I invite you to join at 10 am this World Communion Sunday, in person or online, as I reflect upon this.
Keep the Faith!
Rev. Michael Cronin
P.S. Have a look at our new enewsletter series titled “Congregational Confidential”. In this section, we engage a series of questions and answers with a congregant. You might learn something new about someone you’ve known for years or a short minute. Nancy and I will be looking for souls willing to bare for future editions.