FAITH IS pretty hard to define, really.
When I think about faith certainly, for me, it is easier to think about the results of faith.
I think of a child who has faith in its parents to give that child unconditional love and acceptance.
When I think about faith I also think about the congregational members I serve within the life of the church and their faith in terms of connecting with the community and living out their faith is really something that I aspire to.
For me I learn about faith by seeing faith in action.
In that sense I am reminded of a story of a Palm Island elder I have come to know.
This man would engage with his community and serve and do some wonderful things in terms of wanting the best for his community.
One day I said to him, “Why is it that you want to serve our people like this?”
He said, “Part of it is that I want people to come home; to find a place to belong.”
I had a sense also of God, who extends his love and grace to us.
He also yearns for us to find our place and for us to come home.
Photo : Rev Richard Cassady from The Gap Uniting Church