Stand Firm

” . . . stand firm in the faith . . . “

“Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave, be strong.” (I Corinthians 16:13)

Lighthouses often stand in remote, isolated places.  This one is located on a small, rugged island off the coast of California.  It was dusk when we visited it a few years ago and took this photo.  The buildings and the trees had taken quite a battering from the same merciless wind that drove the water into crashing torrents against the rocks.  Lighthouses have to be very, very heavily fortified and strong in order to fulfill their purpose of saving ships and lives.

Lighthouses cannot be built of 2×4’s and nails and be expected to last for very long to fulfill their purpose.  Lighthouses have to be built of stones, bricks, mortar, and steel.  Likewise, faith that carries us through the wearing winds of life cannot be built from infrequent, casual encounters with God.  There are times in all of our lives when it feels like the best we can do is just hold on while the storm is raging around us.  I can remember times when I felt so helpless that all I could do was picture Patti and I lashed to a mast of a ship and holding one another, just trying to get through.  Faith is that mast.  It’s one of the strongest parts of the old sailing ships because it held the sails and withstood the mighty force of the wind against the sails that drove the ship through the water.

Faith must be built from frequent, deep encounters with God.  Faith that will get us through must be built from worship, study, prayer, silent contemplation, reflection, service, witnessing, and questioning.  I pray that God will keep me busy building faith.  How about you?

Blessings and Peace,


Pastor, Cross Lanes United Methodist Church

Cross Lanes, West Virginia

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~ by revgenelson on February 15, 2017.

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