In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
We begin another term with varying degrees of feeling refreshed after the break. There will be one (or more) incident that brings us ‘back to earth’. We are then forced back to our ‘why’. Why do we work with young people? Every other reason melts away in time (like impurities in a furnace?) until we are left with our faith. Yet our faith is not just individual. We are saved in and by community. Our community sustains us in good and bad times. Just as we go out in faith and service to others.
For young and old there can be so many distractions, so much ‘white noise’ that we can lose our way; lose sight of what truly matters. Our trials, our difficulties do us the service of helping us to grasp what truly matters – our faith.
Have a great week!