Faith Comes By Hearing

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Faith Comes By Hearing

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Were you one of the 29 million people around the world that watched Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in St. George’s Chapel?

Amidst all of the royal pageantry was the sermon spoken by the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry.  He preached of love and the good news of Christ’s Word for all to hear.  It was beautiful! 

Do you think he was nervous wondering if 29 million people were more interested in seeing Meghan’s dress than they were in his sermon?  Or was he convicted knowing that 29 million people would hear about the love of God, knowing that faith comes by hearing?  I think it was the latter.  But do you have that same conviction?

I truly hope the theme of this guided audio meditation from Romans 10 will help open your eyes to opportunities to share and for people to listen.

Resting in imaginative contemplation for a moment...imagine being the presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry on the morning of the royal wedding.  As you begin your sermon.  You aren’t speaking to a crowd of 29 million.  You are speaking to the 600 in attendance.  And actually just the 200 family members sitting in the quire, closest to the front of the chapel.  And truthfully, you are only speaking to two.  Just Prince Harry and Meghan who invited you to speak so they could hear.  In your imagination, watch their expression as you share the love of God.  What do you see in their eyes?  What do they see in yours?

Let me pray that you remember faith always comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.  Lord God, open eyes for opportunities.  Open hearts to the truth.  And open mouths to speak.  May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you in speaking. May the Lord smile upon you, show you His favor, and give you His peace as you speak.  Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within you, to accomplish infinitely more than you can ask, think, dream hope, or imagine.  Amen.

Today or in the days ahead someone you encounter may ask, and you will have a moment to speak.  They may ask of love, and you will have the opportunity to speak of God’s.  They may ask of hope, and through your words they may hear of the hope they have in Christ.   You asked once didn’t you?  Who spoke up on that day so that you heard?   

So when you are ready, explore moments to speak so others hear and encounter God.  If not you, then who.  If not here, then where?  And if not now, then when.

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