As we continue to look through our school values this term we will be exploring our value of faith.
Over the years I’ve had many a conversation with pupils who require absolute, categoric proof that God exists. I’ve tried to argue with them that categoric proof would almost defeat the point of God. God requires us to believe and to have faith. Faith is something that Jesus talks about numerous times in the Gospels, he talks about the disciples needing faith, and he refers to only needing faith as small as a mustard seed.
Why a mustard seed? A mustard is one of the smallest seeds known, and yet when it grows, it grows in to a tree, that is large enough to hold birds. I have been involved in the Church all of my life, I decided to believe in God when I was a teenager. I still have so many questions, I don’t understand how and why things happen, but I believe that there is a God who loves me, and who oversees it all. I don’t need to know it all, a small amount of faith is enough to carry me through the tough.
Our thought for the week comes from Jack Coe who says
““If you’ve got just a little bit of faith as a grain of mustard seed and begin to praise God – that faith will mount up, until fear won’t be able to stay in your heart””
In the same way that to be able to go for a walk you need to take a step, in order to fight the fear and the trouble of life you need faith, and it will grow and develop.
Over the next few weeks we are going to be looking at different aspects of faith, including how faith can move mountains, how we need to have faith in ourselves, and also the faith of different people that celebrate during advent as people prepared for the saviour they had faith God was going to send them and who arrived in the person of Jesus that we celebrate at Advent.
I pray that over this next term you will take that mustard seed and see it grow.