I had an individual in my office the other day struggling with some very difficult issues. The comment was made, “Pastor I believe in God but… only about 90%.” She was a little confused by my laughter in fact she said, “What is so funny? This is serious.”
I apologized and affirmed it was a very serious matter. But the laughter was not about her it was actually a response to the percentage. I went on to confess that if only the rest of the Christian fellowship believed 90% we would have already changed the world for Christ.
In my office hangs a serigraph of Jesus Christ done by Harry Krug, a professor from my first university. It is called “Night Premonitions” and depicts Christ struggling with a web and behind there appears to be a cross and a tomb. Now you can decide what you want about the presentation but to me its the struggle of faith, even of our Lord and Savior.
Life pulls on us in so many directions. We are haunted by loss, grief, frustration, the ills of our world, the groaning of people all around and the needs seem so tremendous. We struggle with all these things and then we say, “I believe but…”
Brigid of Ireland said, “I would like the angles of Heaven to be among us. I would like an abundance of peace. I would like full vessels of charity, I would like rich treasures of mercy. I would like cheerfulness to preside over all. I would like Jesus to be present.”
Dear God grant us faith to move forward today. I would “like” a lot of things and I don’t even ask for 90% I ask for whatever You will grant me so I can stand with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Dear Savior all I ask is for you to be “present” in my todays and my tomorrows. See you on the path. Amen.