Do you ever have doubts about your faith? Are there important questions that linger in your consciousness that at times might even keep you up at night? I imagine if you are a living, breathing human being, the answer is yes. As Frederick Buechner has said, "Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it alive and awake."
Let's be honest: we all have doubts, some more than others. Especially in my college years, I remember having big doubts and asking the question: is it true? Is the Christian faith truly real? Was Jesus really raised from the dead, and if so, what relevance does that fact have for my life today? Having grown up in the church, my Christianity was almost assumed, and my college years became a meaningful time of prayerful engagement with questions and doubts.
This Sunday in worship we will look at the story of the healing of a boy with an evil spirit and will consider the place of doubt in our Christian faith. When is doubt a good thing, and when is it bad? Lots of questions - hopefully some answers! Consider calling an unchurched friend and inviting him/her to worship this Sunday. See you in the pews!
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief." -Mark 9:24
Prayer for Today
O God of Mystery, help us by your Spirit with our doubts and questions and may they lead us not to put you at arm's length, but rather to welcome you into our lives. Amen.