“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” -John 1:3b-5
You can never gain cold; you can only have an absence of heat. I believe the same is for love. Maybe hatred doesn’t exist, it is simply an absence of love. And, maybe darkness is just an absence of light. These are the words I used to start my faith statement nearly two years ago. At the time, I had no idea that this mandatory writing assignment for church would change my life. Now, the idea of hatred being an absence of love and darkness an absence of light, makes me optimistic. Hope, to me, is the belief in this statement.
In our world, it can be easy to lose hope. But, God is a constant anchor in my life. When the water gets rocky, He keeps me firm in my faith. It wasn’t until a year and a half ago that God became my rock. When I was going through confirmation, I was a pretty average student. God did not speak to me in any remarkable ways during those three years. But, it wasn’t until I wrote my faith statement that I began to experience God lighting a fire in my soul. The year before I was confirmed was a tough year for me. I felt like a pool in the winter, drained of everything that made me who I was. I was carrying around a heavy weight on my shoulders. But, as I wrote my faith statement, I finally felt the weight start to become lighter. As I shared my writing with Pastor Brian, he understood my thoughts and made me feel as though I had a voice. Ever since then, I have felt a deep passion for scripture and God. In the short time between writing my faith statement and now, many things have changed in my life. I have a deep sense of hope now.
I am no longer scared for what my future holds. God has lit a fire in my heart that can only grow bigger. I will always hold hope close to my soul, because I know God is on my side. I am truly never alone in my walk of faith. That is the greatest hope I could have ever been given. – Kathryn R.
God of life and light, empower us to love you and one another, even in our darkest moments. We know you hear us, and your light will guide us through whatever trials we may face. We pray to feel your love set our souls on fire! Amen.