I have spent my life studying our faith. I have read deeply about our theology, our ecclesiology, our eschatology, our soteriology, and I have come to know a lot of other big words! I have studied our liturgies and music, our worship and history, and so much more.
I have had the opportunity to sit and listen to some of the greatest minds in religion of our day and for the opportunities to grow and to learn I will always be grateful. I am amazed at the glories of the vast and magnificent creation that we are welcomed into. There is so much more to learn, and so much I will never know or understand.
In the midst of this, I have learned what faith is about, it is what I was taught at the very beginning of this journey. As a child, sometimes sleeping on my mother’s lap during worship in our congregation in East Point, or as a teenager trying to figure out how I could skip out during the sermon in our congregation in College Park, something still found its way into my soul. Pastors, family, church family, and people in love with God found a way to communicate to this hard-headed human that somehow and always I was loved by God and God would love for me to love his children.
In all my studies, journeys, and experiences, I have come back to that solid ground. This faith isn’t about what we know. One of my favorite theologians of the last century was a man named Karl Barth. While he was studying another great theologian, Soren Kierkegaard, he wrote this: “That is when I discovered that the Gospel isn’t a set of hypotheses to be debated by theologians, but a simple truth accessible to any child”.
This faith isn’t about what we know, it is about who loves us and who we now can love. It is that simple. It is about the one who goes to a cross out of love. It is about the one who says, “I will be your God and you will be my people” and doesn’t tell us we have to sign up. And it is about the one who asks us to “Love one another, for love is from God”.
At the beginning and in the end, that is who we are at Good Shepherd……let us love with the thanksgiving of those who are somehow and always loved!