Hope, joy and love are the imperceptible, always present nutrients that our souls thrive on while held within our human bodies, how the God spark in us shines through.
From the very beginning God provided for his creation, ensuring all that our souls require is present every moment of every day, nurturing the breath of life in each of us, God in us and ensuring we remain part of him.
Yet many of us live lives devoid of hope, joy and love.
How can this be when they surround us, flow through us, every moment of every day?
We have lost faith and have become blind to what we cannot see with our own eyes.
Years ago two inexperienced teenage campers were canoeing when their canoe capsized.
Lacking all faith in their ability to swim to the shore and knowing without a doubt they were going drown, panic took over, they thrashed and screamed.
While always just behind them the camp counsellors jumped from their canoe, grabbing the screaming teens.
Put your feet down!
No I will drown!
No save me!
Stand up and you will save yourself!
Needing to be safe, exhausted and having faith in the counsellor, I stretched out my legs and found solid ground within reach.
I stood up against the strong river current and walked to the shore.
We are surrounded by “living hope” if we only have the faith to stretch out in faith to find that solid ground which is our living God.
"...your faith is worth more than gold"
1 Peter 1:7
Lectionary readings: Acts 2:14a, 22-32; Psalm 16; 1Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31