Dear People of God,
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Julie preached a sermon on TRUST this past Sunday. Here is a summary of the nine helpful reminders she listed.
DYNAMICS OF TRUST
Trust is a living, dynamic, and complex quality. It does not come out of belief or out of obligation. Trust is vulnerable, impossible to control, and the essence of our connection to God. Here are a few helpful reminders about TRUST:
1. The first thing you need is to want to trust. Usually we just want to believe something about God, not actually open our hearts in trust.
2. The next thing you need is a willingness to trust. The desire to trust is different from a full willingness to trust. Being willing opens the door to the process of trust.
3. Trust takes time. Trust is not a one-time decision or a quick-fix solution.
4. We learn to trust in community—watching others step forward in trust inspires us, and we borrow from the faith of those around us. In an honest community, trust is contagious.
5. Doubt is not the opposite of trust; doubt is a healthy and normal part of faith.
6. Trust means that I rest in this simple truth: At every single moment, I am at one with God. Every moment of life is a choice between believing this truth and believing that I am separated from God.
7. Trust is a personal choice. No one can do it for you. Only you can choose trust for yourself.
8. Trust takes bravery. It is scary and vulnerable to step toward trust.
9. Our Lenten theme is NOW-CHANGE-TRUST. It is not: Become present in the NOW, learn to TRUST, and then your life will change. Instead, we change our thinking, land in the NOW, and ask the Holy Spirit to be in charge—and that leads to TRUST.
From an EPC sermon by Julie GebbenGreen, March 22, 2015.
Every moment is a choice. Peace to you, Pastor Phil