Bishop's Comment: Firm in Faith

1st December 2020

There is a statement to give us pause in the Bible found in the letter to the Romans ‘no unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God’ (Romans 4:20).

The promise to Abraham ‘I have made you the father of many nations’ seemed mere fantasy for a an aged childless couple travelling far from home, some 4,000 years ago. Their vulnerability and uncertainty matches some and exceeds most of the stresses facing humans in 21st Century.

Christians today can draw on the revelation of Scripture: of power ‘made perfect in weakness‘ (2 Corinthians 12:9)  and faith ‘the conviction of things not seen’ (Hebrews 11:1).

As we begin the journey of Advent towards the revealing of the Christ-child let us take regular screen breaks from the new-ordinary internet-fuelled daily routine into which we have fallen.

Reflect on the salvation-history of God and his Creation of which humanity is a recent and such a responsible-irresponsible part.

Consider the ups and downs of our own journey.

Seek good and truth for the steps ahead.

Church and Society face the same uncharted future.

Ask for the same faith of Abraham and shared by Saint Paul that you and I may be ‘fully convinced that God (is) able to do what he has promised’