My wife and I took a drive out to Annandale last weekend to visit my Mom who is in the care center out there. Kind of a “bus man's holiday,” you might say. At any rate, as we drove through the countryside we noticed how great the crops looked. Corn tall and full-eared, soybeans promising a bumper crop, wheat and hay fields looking lush and green. At one point we came upon an old farmstead. The house was uninhabited and the lawn grown up in weeds. The barn was rickety and weathered. There were gaping holes in the sagging moss-covered roof. The door stood ajar and was canted at an angle as if the burdens of the last hundred years rested on its rusty hinges. Many of the boards which had served as siding were missing. As I viewed the barn I said to my wife: “That barn looks like I feel; old, worn out, empty and weary.” She just nodded in agreement.
I actually pulled the car over and sat there looking at the old structure for a while, pondering its history. And as I did, a thought came from somewhere: “It's when you're run down, that's when you are most open to the winds of the Holy Spirit.”
By nature, I'm kind of an independent sort of person. Oftentimes I hammer away at life, trying to fix things myself. But when I wilt from life's troubles, (and I do that more often now as I get older), when I come to the end of myself, and earnestly seek God, that's the beginning of a better day.
Just as the Spirit breathes life into the human body, it is the Holy Spirit that gives life to our faith.
Ultimately, faith is recognizing that we must trust in God. As individuals and as a community we are challenged to recognize that God alone is the source of our hope, our consolation, and our peace.
May we all have the grace to “Walk before the Lord in the land of the living.”
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC