Saturday, October 1, 2011

"I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief:" Another Thought

I believe with my heart; I undermine my belief with my mind. I can live a divided life, jumping back and forth between deep intuition or logical process of thought. Or, I can allow my logical, rational process of thought to grind all deep intuition up into a residue of doubt.

Or, I can allow my deep intuition to steer the ship, and command the logical, rational thought to lower or raise the mast, bail water - to be a hand on deck and help the ship makes its way pasts rocks and storms. But, deep intuition, belief, is the only one fit to captain the ship.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

I Believe, Help Thou My Unbelief

There was a man who had a son who was suffering terrible seizures or something like that. The boy was believed to be possessed by an evil spirit that was tormenting him. And, his father was desperate for help. The father brought the boy to Jesus' disciples and asked them to pray and help him. They could do nothing. Jesus looked on.

The man said: "do something for him, if it is possible!" Jesus said: "If it is possible!" Jesus says: "Bring the boy here. All things are possible if you believe." And, the father says: "I believe; help thou my unbelief!" Immediately, Jesus casts out the evil spirit, and the boy is calm and in his right mind, and free from the torment.

In our trouble, our hearts get burdened and sometimes broken. And, our hope and our faith seem almost gone. If we have any belief left, it is the kind that man had out there on that day desperately seeking help for his little boy. It is the kind of belief that is just plain love and nothing else. It is despair that won't give into despair, because of love. It is not confident trust or unshakeable faith - it is just raw love that won't give up. I think God will answer that. He did that day through Jesus.