entering the dark place of faith…

It’s Friday…but Sunday’s coming…

There’s something about the Christian faith that says that no matter how bad things are, there is hope.  We can’t always understand, or even begin to put words to this, but it’s where so often we need to be.

At the same time, the darkness of Good Friday, the emptiness of Easter Saturday and then the glory of Easter Sunday are all necessary places for us to journey.  Sometimes we need to learn to spend more time in the process of grieving and the process of doubting – an entirely necessary part of faith.  I’ve learned much about this over the last 18 months or so.  The loss of ‘faith’ – in the sense of losing my faith in a system, or a process, or even a constrained image of God – has been an important part of what I’ve been through…although it’s not been a massively dramatic thing…more of a journey, as ever.  The ‘faith’ that has emerged on the other side is one that is comfortable with doubt, with tension – one that is aware that our words cannot begin to describe (and therefore at times constrain) our God, and yet, at the same time, we are called into deep relationship with that transcendent and yet imminent source of all that is, YHWH…

And I suppose that’s why ‘hope’ is so important to my faith.  I don’t know why things happen.  I don’t always understand.  There are far too many Good Fridays and Easter Saturdays in this world without the promise of a resurrection morning to keep people going.  But I do know that one Sunday, about 2000 years ago, something happened that changed the world, something that compels me forward in shouting out about this Love thing.

Love transforms.  Love rescues.  Love never fails.

Friday becomes Saturday becomes Sunday…

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