Keep Faith Alive
In the Christian Traditional Scriptures, the book of Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. Oftentimes we focus on the word faith since the writer is establishing a definition of faith. I offer a complimentary view of faith.
Let’s take a look at hope as one of the key tenets of faith. St. Augustine of Hippo said “Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are Anger and Courage. Anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the same.”
This hope is not sitting idly by waiting for something to happen, change, or transform. This hope is born out of a determination to make change, speak Truth to power, and to love with unconditional positive regard in order to make it through the suffering. It is born out of struggle to produce endurance to build character to remain steadfast and immovable in hope (Romans 5:3-5).
Faith then is born out of this hope that compels us to dream, to live, to love; to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our G-d (Micah 6:8). James then reminds us that faith without works is dead (James 2:17). We must live the hope we feel and believe to keep our faith alive.
Beloved, don’t stop believing! Keep the faith! Knowing that faith is born of hope that manifests out of struggle. In these trying times, G-d is in the midst of it all. We must believe and walk by faith to be the courageous change we want to see.
In faith, hope, and love,
- Reverend Tawana Davis
P.s. As I was typing this, my seven-year-old grandson, who was reading over my shoulder said: faith is justice. I like justice. Justice is telling the truth and never telling a lie.
- Reverend Tawana Davis is a compassionate minister, an engaging group facilitator, and a prophetic public intellectual whose scholarly and spiritual insights make her a highly sought-after preacher, speaker, and seminar leader.