Proper 14C

Day: Proper 14C

Lectionary Passage: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:1

Object: An Electric Fan

I’ve got with me this morning a pretty simple fan. I’m not so interested in the fan, but in what it makes: wind. Let me turn it on. Can everyone feel that wind? Good! Now, can you see the wind (squint and look around)? I can’t either. Can you touch it (try to grab the wind like in a big hug)? I guess not. I have an idea! Can you taste the wind (stick out your tongue like you’re trying to get it in your mouth)? I couldn’t taste it either. If we can only feel the wind but can’t see it or touch it or taste it, does that mean the wind isn’t real? Of course not! There’s no doubt the wind is blowing in here.

And that reminds me of our Bible story for today. It’s talking about faith. And faith is a lot like the wind. You can’t see it or touch it or taste it, but you can feel it! Faith is believing in something even when you can’t see it or touch it or taste it. Like having faith in God. We can’t see God. We can’t touch God. We can’t taste God. But, we can feel God! And that’s faith. With faith we can feel God, especially God’s love in our life. So, if someone tries to tell you faith isn’t real because you can’t see it or touch it or taste it, I want you to remind them that you can feel faith just like you can feel the wind even though you can’t see the wind or touch it or taste it.

Let’s pray: God, thanks for always being with us. Help us be strong in our faith even if we can see you or touch you or taste you. Amen.