“I am grateful to God.. whom I worship.. as my ancestors did..when I remember you constantly in my prayers… recalling your tears… I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you.” 2 Timothy 1:3-6.
Is this true that our faith can be transferred from one person to another, one generation to another? We certainly all have our own individual faith journey that is unique. It is a connection to the God of our understanding that we know, the piece of God that we may feel or understand that only we have experienced. I do believe that we often find the God, the Christ, within ourselves by first seeing the Christ in another and that love of Christ is reflected back to us to see the Christ in ourselves. Some people do not call it Christ. They call it divine or unconditional love.
We are so influenced by our community. If we want to experience this love, recovery groups tell us to stick with the winners. People in gifts’ discernment would tell us to be around the people we most admire because they are carrying a part of us that we have not yet recognized. C.S. Lewis would tell us to “act as if.” We will only know how to “act as if “ if we are around other people who have what we are seeking.
My experience is that we find God so often in our community. They show me the love of God. They share their faith. Of course, we always have the option of whether to receive it or not.
I share today a community of women who are joined in prayer and service seeking a stronger faith through community with each other. This is part of the newly formed Grace Chapter of Daughters of the King at St. Mark’s. I daily learn about love from each and every one of them and am filled with gratitude for their continued presence.