- Faith (from Webster’s Merriam dictionary) — noun; a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions; or … (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust.
- Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not see (Hebrews 11:1)
I believe in this day and time putting one’s faith in something bigger than them is radically being put to the test. My generation has been at war since I came on active duty (1982) if you include those who were sitting nuclear alert during the height of the Cold War; a war which wasn’t cold at all.
We are rapidly seeing the close of the War World II generation and the Korean War generation is right behind them. I see Vietnam Vets all the time in my area and now we’re seeing Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom Vets on the street too. Looking at the Gold Star spouses and their kids, tugs, no rips at my heart strings; hearing stories of active duty, Guard & Reserve and veterans struggling with post traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and/or the impact of being a “wounded warrior” has put my faith to the test at times. Yet it is through faith that we find the “substance” of things hoped for.
What is it you’re searching for … healing, reconciliation, answers to “why”? The place to start is belief that there is someone who suffered all sin and pain in the world, your sin and pain—and mine too. Jesus is the answer. You’re pushing back on that idea—yes? If so, that’s ok. If you’ve come to the end of your rope, the end of the road, the end of your patience or sanity then what do you have to lose? He’s there…waiting. Jesus took it all at the Cross of Cavalry so you and I would have a place to turn to when life in the miltary (or on the street) totally comes unglued.