Our devotions this Lenten season have been written by members of Faith Lutheran Church. Today’s devotion is by Laura Michaud. Also, if you would like to join our staff in praying the liturgy for Responsive Prayer/Suffrages just click here.
We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing. Galatians 2:15-21
So, what happens when faith is nowhere to be found? Are we lost, hopeless? How do we get it back or do we?
The trauma and pain I have experienced over the past 2 years have led me to seriously question my faith. I often (very often) wondered…Why me? Why did God abandon me? I thought I LOST my faith.
Stepping beyond the trauma and pain has taken a lot of faith. Faith I did not realize I had – but it was there all the time. I am now aware that my faith is challenged every day as I am still wading through profound grief, sadness, and pain. But the mere fact that I am still standing and getting up every day, working, caring for two kids and trying to accept where I am in my spiritual life is a testament to faith – through grace.
Faith is also in the questioning! You don’t question something you don’t believe in. Faith is a GIFT – one that gets me through every moment of every day.
Let us pray: God, thank you for the gift of faith and help me remember to call on you when all faith seems to be lost. Amen.