The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” -Luke 17:5 (HCSB)
A particularly unfortunate event has showed me pretty clearly how lacking my faith truly is. It is easy to proclaim the goodness of our great Creator when things are going well and quite another to “keep the faith” when things seem bad. I feel like my life has been shattered by recent events. Of course, when I examine things logically, I discover that, at the root of my discomfort, is fear: the fear of things that have not even happened, but could happen.
The are certainly legitimate reasons for sadness in some of the news I have received recently, of that there can be no doubt. Someone I have known for the past ten + years has received bad news recently from his doctor and is now engaged in a battle against a formidable illness. I feel bad for him [as well as his family] and the struggle they must be having with all of this, especially during the holiday season. I feel especially bad for them because I don’t believe they share the same faith as I do– what little I seem to have of it.
Please God, forgive me for my lack of faith and help me to grow in grace and knowledge of You through your Son, my Lord and Savior Jesus. I pray that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may nurture my faith and be a blessing to others.