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A Time of Living Faith Into Reality

by | Jan 19, 2021 | East District Newsletter, Conference Newsletter, East District News Webpage

It is the eve of the inauguration and the news is filled with words reflecting the fear, anger, and hope that is present in our nation. As disciples of Jesus Christ we are to called to live as people of faith. We are called to live our faith in a way that is experienced in the language we use, the actions we take, the way we treat others.

These words from James 2:14-17 are powerful on a day like today.

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a nice meal!”? What good is it if you don’t actually give them what their body needs? In the same way, faith is dead when it doesn’t result in faithful activity.

As followers of the Christ’s way I truly believe that beyond partisan politics we are called to work together for a greater common good. I value the words from the UMC General Board of Church and Society which is dedicated to the work of living faith, seeking justice, and pursuing peace. Those words challenge me to consider just how I am working for the common good. It is not something I take lightly.

On this day before the inauguration I find myself in prayer, starting with self-reflection and then seeking to live in the way that God would have me live. On this day I invite you to set aside politics and join me in this prayer from our United Methodist Book of Worship:

(This image was produced by United Methodist Communications. This content was posted on January 11, 2021.)

We are God’s people. We are the ones called to make a difference in the communities in which we live. Let us join hands to do all that Christ calls us to do.

Your sister along the way,

Susan

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