“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NRSV)
Just a little over a week ago, when there was still plenty of snow and ice on the ground, I just happened to look out my home office window to catch a marvelous sight. About 50 yards away, a cardinal was perched high up in a large oak tree. With the tree still sporting its winter time barrenness and the clear blue sky providing a brilliant backdrop, the male cardinal’s bright red color was a striking image!
As I slowed down and stilled to take in the sight, despite both a closed window and the distance between us, I was amazed to clearly hear the cardinal’s familiar song. Click here to listen to the song/sounds of a cardinal.
There in the middle of the cold, snow, and bleakness of our lingering winter, this bird was loudly singing of a song of the warmth, life. In that moment I remember thinking, “Wow! What determination…What boldness…What faith…What hope!”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it this way, “The church is the place of unshakeable hope. To that I say…Amen…And remember the cardinal!
Your partner in being hopelessly hopeful on this journey with Christ,