Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Faith

While cleaning the house the other day (after we had a septic tank issue and the landlord had to come by) I had this overwhelming thought come over me. Yes I said it, amongst the smell and odors coming forth from the tub's drain, I had a revelation!

I was listening to Christmas music, which I've been doing on Spotify since Thanksgiving. There is a version of "It's Beginning to Look A lot like Christmas" by Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra that starts out with Bing Crosby singing the hymn, "Faith of Our Fathers". 

While putting up dishes in the kitchen, this beautiful version of "Faith of Our Fathers" started to play throughout our apartment. I was alone. Milo was eating as always and I started to tear up. Scratch that, I started to cry. The really good kind. With no makeup on, I can really let loose with the tears. 

I heard these lyrics (here's a youtube clip, if you want to listen):

Faith of our fathers, living still,
In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword;
Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene'er we hear that glorious Word! 

Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death. 

I thought about the faith of my family and what this past year has been like for all of us. Have we had our share of dungeons, fire, and swords? I would say yes, yes we have. 

How easy is it for us to believe in Christ when our lives are so richly blessed? How easy is it to say we believe when things are going our way...

It is not until we are emotionally brought to our knees, humbled, that we can pronounce with firm conviction:

 I BELIEVE!

So do I? Have I gained that strong conviction in my heart? 

I can say with a full heart and with tears in my eyes that I Know My Savior Lives. I know because despite life being so hurtful somehow I still keep breathing, I keep hoping, I keep dreaming.

I hope this Christmas season you draw your loved ones a little closer, forgive more easily, and rely on the Savior more fully. 

2 comments:

Taylor @ Goings on in Texas said...

Amen to this post!! :) We can only keep our hearts lifted and especially this time of the year, there is so much to be thankful for and hopeful for!!

Giggles said...

Those good cries are messy, but they release so much.

We have different dungeons, fires, and swords our faith faces today, but we can lay a strong foundation for what comes. Faith really is the key.