September 12

 Reflection

The Gospel challenge for those of us who try to live a Christian life is to put our faith into action. When we look at all the pain, sorrow, poverty, tragedy, and divisions in the world today, our courage is tested.  How many of us truly believe that our faith can uproot trees or move mountains? Yet, this is the analogy Jesus made. Faith gives us the impetus through the Spirit within us, to join with others in trying to bring about positive change. It encourages us to root out the prejudices that block us and the mountain barriers of tribalism in ourselves and in our country. It encourages us to overcome obstacles and seek unity.

Prayer

Give us faith that will energize us.

Action

Put your faith into action. What issue challenges you? Join others who seek to enable positive change in church and country.

Suggested Reading

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.
Luke 17: 5-10

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sitting on the sidelines in our interconnected world is not a sufficient response.
Dillon Burroughs 

You are what you do, not what you say you do.
Carl Jung

If your actions don’t live up to your words, you have nothing to say.
DaShanne Stokes 

Faith  is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller  

Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
Mahatma Gandhi

If God can work through me, God can work through anyone.
Francis of Assisi

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