So last week I said something about “this one thing” – that if our confirmation students remembered, if any of us remembered nothing else about anything the church speaks into our lives, we can remember this one thing – nothing, absolutely nothing, not what we do or what we don’t do, not what we believe or what we don’t believe, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. And I stand by that.
For the most part. Because it is really hard to just leave one thing there. Even a really good thing. Even the thing that I believe is the best news of all. Even the thing that I believe declares the core tenet of our faith. Even then it’s hard to leave just one thing and say, “If you remember nothing else….” because sometimes it’s hard to remember even just that one thing. Sometimes it feels like it is impossible to find comfort in even that one thing.
I got a message this week from a young adult I know outside of our church. It had been a long while since we had communicated directly. We’re “friends” on Facebook, but we don’t have any personal interactions there. But this young adult reached out to me because she’s having a crisis of faith. Raised in a family that rarely missed worship, with parents who led the children in prayer nightly, and adult siblings who continue to this day to speak easily about their unwavering faith in Christ, this young woman, I’ll call her Grace, just hasn’t been feeling it lately. She just hasn’t been able to muster up a living, vibrant faith in while. Her faith in God was just feeling dead, and she was feeling incredibly isolated in her experience.