Affirmation of Faith

By Bronwyn Angela White, Wellington, NZ

By faith, Sarah and Abraham left family, household and land for the promise of a new life in Canaan.

This faith may take us, too, through labyrinths of doubt, to greener fields.

By faith, Moses led his people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and into the desert.

This faith might sometimes lead down unpaved tracks to destinations we did not intend.

Faith is the opposite of belief: a shiny coin whose shadow-side is hope.

Faith means acting to make poverty history, even if we don’t know how it can happen;

behaving as if there’ll be peace on earth—despite centuries-long evidence to the contrary;

living as if the work of Christ has been left in good and sufficient hands.

Faith is relationship and way of life; living with uncertainty but acting with determination.

Faith leads us on journeys where signposts point wide of the mark, yet there is manna for the hungry, honey from the rock.

Faith means supporting Restorative Justice and a Living Wage;

restoring the mana and resources of indigenous peoples

ensuring girls in developing countries are educated

providing clean water and micro-finance and rescue helicopters and medics

caring for orphans and widows

casting out demons of self-doubt and despair, and occasionally raising the dead.

This is our faith: living as if we matter.

Being the salt, the flavour, the zest.

Following the spiral path that leads to the heart of everything, our home country, the kingdom of faith.

© bronwyn angela white, 2013

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