Finishing the Year with Faith

I’m sitting down to rewrite this–the wind is blowing, the rain starts and stops, and my children are home again. Honestly I’ve lost count of canceled days. Hurricane Delta is making its way into Louisiana. So, how are we supposed to finish the year with faith? It’s been a long year. COVID-19, racial tensions, the never-ending political cycle of us vs. them, hurricanes, and losing to Mississippi State in our season opener.

We could talk about faith and works, we could talk about mustard seeds, but my mind can’t stop thinking about Romans, 8:26-27, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” (NRSV)

There have been so many sighs this year. Sighs over lost plans and days, sighs over the grief that comes with a pandemic and loss of life, sighs of resignation to things out of our control. There have even been sighs of frustration and anger. No one anticipated the year going this way. Those sighs, when made as a willful submission to God, can be a prayer, a prayer that expresses to our God that we are powerless and while we don’t like it, it’s ok. 

What then do we do with our faith? How do we hold onto it? Well, that’s the part that requires something from us. It requires us to relinquish the control we yearn for. So I encourage you to feel your feelings. Let the sighs out, whether exasperation, relief, peace, or worry. Let them out, and let them be a prayer. Our doubts and questions and frustrations don’t diminish our faith. Our God is not so flimsy that our sighs will break our relationship. Our faith is what allows us to be transformed. To turn our fears into love. To turn our doubts into opportunities. To turn our sighs into prayers. We will finish this year with faith, and through our faith, our willingness to let go of control, and sighs too deep for words, we will be transformed. ■

Be the first to review this item!

Bookmark this

30 Oct 2020

By Rev. Ali Young, Pastor of First United Methodist Church Gonzales

Recent Articles more articles

The Inn at Christmas Place: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

in Get Out of Town

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has so much to offer during the holiday season, including a special place for Christmas fanatics. Nestled in the heart of the Smoky Mountains is an award-winning, unique, Bavarian-style hotel that celebrates Christmas year-ro

5 Ways to Keep the Holidays Jolly

in Holidays, Health and Wellness, Family Life

Christmas is normally a time of togetherness, where families and communities can experience the season with each other. However, this Christmas is looking to be different because of the spread of COVID-19 and safety guidelines suggesting that everyon

Audria S.

in Cover Kid

2020-21 Cover Kid Audria S. is cute as a button, and with her face painting done, she was also the cutest reindeer we’ve ever seen! Audria is five years old, she’s in kindergarten, she likes to tell jokes, and she loves the color blue. Her favorite s

Matt Moscona

in Mom or Dad Next Door

Meeting a sitting president, attending an Army-Navy game, and traveling to Italy are just a few of the many bucket list items Matt Moscona has written on index cards inside of his desk. He keeps them there as daily reminders of all he hopes to accomp

Featured Listings more listings

History Camp

History Camp

in Day Camps

BREC's Magnolia Mound; Ages: 7 - 11 years; Dates: June 1 - July 24; Rates: $125 - $150