Scripture: Psalm 119:73-80
Key verse: (73) Your hands have made and fashioned me;
give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
Reflection: Growing in faith matters. It matters because we are never done learning to be the people of God. There is always something more. Our faith is not a once-and-for-all thing that we attain. We have milestones along the way: baptism, confirmation, perhaps a significant Bible Study, or ministry, or mission trip, or ordination. But we never get to a faith milestone and have nothing left to learn. As we move through our days, we learn over and over again that we are human: frail and mortal and strong and loving, and our world is a broken beautiful mess. We have to learn over and over again to be the people of God in the face of illness, school shootings, politics, celebrations, death, birth, grades, work, arguments, sports schedules, art, love, loss, all of it.
We need each other to figure it out. By God’s providence, the church is holy and human, all at the same time. The Holy Spirit works through the church, and each one of us, as we worship, learn and serve in a world that needs God’s grace. Are you heartbroken by the news? Are you feeling called to serve? Are you wanting to grow in faith? Come be the church with us. Join us as together we learn God’s commandments, and seek to understand how to love God and our neighbors. We gather for worship and faith formation every Sunday, and plenty of other days and nights too. Invite a friend.
Prayer: Lord, Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments. Help me grow in faith. Together with all your people, help us be the church. In the name of Christ, I pray. Amen.
Author: Julie Hester
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].