by Rev. Alexandra Robinson on January 24, 2024
Read Mark 9:33-37
As we conclude our series, Faith After Doubt, I hope this is not the end of the conversation. I’ve been encouraged by how you all are reaching out to say – let’s talk more about these hard questions.
Questions like –
Is there really a heaven?
Why do bad things happen to good people, and conversely, why do good things happen to bad people?
Is Jesus the only way to salvation?
First, I want to say – all of these are great questions and I have wrestled with every single one of them too. So thank you for being honest and vulnerable and trusting us as a church to create a space where we can talk about hard things. I struggled with the questions of if there was really a heaven when my mother was dying, and I was afraid that I would never see her again. I struggled with why selfish persons thrived in success while the meek and humble suffered more than their fair share. I have wondered in the midst of my loving Jewish, Buddhist and agnostic friends – how Jesus can be the only way to heaven.
Thank you to those who took the survey on “doubts in faith,” and though it was anonymous, so far it appears that an in person/online hybrid option or a podcast are appearing to be the choices of spaces to continue the conversation. If you are interested in participating, but have not yet completed our 2 minute survey for future opportunities of discussing specific doubts in faith, please do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BGDCJY.
I wanted to offer one last day to take the survey and we will ensure that space is created not just for those in the church, but hopefully others who are interested in learning more from one another and in trusting each other with this process we are all going through.
As we move from places of perplexity in seeking harmony, I share this prayer with you:
This is the state of my being right now Lord.
A belief born from a faith in the unknown.
Realizing the mystery that is indescribable and incoherent.
Yet, in that unknown, how can I know you and you know me?
May I believe you desire connection with me, as much as I do you.
May I believe you are just as curious about me, as I am about you.
May I believe you are confident in me, as I am in you.
In this journey called love.
May I believe, even when I do not know surely.
To welcome you … is faith enough for today.