It’s always good to come home. While we’ve been gone the world situation hasn’t changed that much, but conflict is still rampant with school shootings, gun debates, international tensions escalated and a general fear for the future of our lives as we know them.

          Often in the past when situations look very bleak I have suggested prayer as a solution.

          While as a Christian this makes me feel better it occurs to me that not all my listeners are believers.

          So does that mean I should stop suggesting prayer?

          To answer that question my thought is maybe I should try explaining why I see prayer as a good option.

          To start that process today I’m sharing with you an Affirmation of Faith recited by the congregation in the church we attend in California. It is a good definition of what Christians believe.

          If you are already a believer this can be a good refresher, if you are not a believer or have doubts this hopefully will give you something to ponder.

 

          This is a Lenten Affirmation of Faith.

We believe in God, the creator of heaven and earth, granter of grace and life.

We believe that nothing in all the world can separate us from the love of God, who always forgives a repentant heart.

We believe in Jesus Christ, God in human vesture, who came to love us into new life.

We believe that Jesus took the burden of our sins upon himself and carried that burden to the cross, where he relinquished his own life for our sakes.

This act was his ultimate gift to us.

We believe his death was not the end, but that he was raised from the dead and he will come again one day.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who speaks truth to all people, in every language.

Our hearts are warmed when we embrace that Spirit, and God’s presence within us is revealed.

As the church, and as members of the body of Christ in the world, we believe we are called to make a difference in the world.

Thanks be to God.

          I’m Steve Sauder and There’s Something to Think About!

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