A Creed for Troubled Times: Luke 21

Here’s an affirmation of faith inspired by Luke 21: 25-36.  It was written by Bruce Prewer.

Affirmation of Faith
(based on Luke 21)

When nation rises against nation, and kingdom against kingdom,
the end is not violence:
for there is a God of resilient, redeeming love,
   and the Brighter Purpose is at work in the shadows,
      and the darkness cannot smother it.
Lord we believe, strengthen our timid faith.

When there are earthquakes, famines and pestilences
and collisions among the stars,
the end is not chaos:
God the Creator of the heavens and the earth has not forsaken us,
   and the harmony will again break out and gather
      to hasten towards consummation.
Lord we believe, strengthen our timid faith.

When believers are arrested and abused,
dragged before kings and governors,
the end is not injustice:
the Holy Spirit is always with you in all your trials and travail,
   and words will be given to confound your adversaries
      and shake the gates of hell.
Lord we believe, strengthen our timid faith.

When parents, brothers, sisters, relatives or friends,
betray you even unto death,
the end it not alienation:
   the crucified Christ will reconcile all things seen and unseen,
      and the glorious finale is much nearer than when you first believed.
Lord we believe, strengthen our timid faith.

~ written by Bruce Prewer, and posted on Bruce Prewer’s Home Page. http://www.bruceprewer.com/