Faith yoga

Truth may be a blanket that always leaves your feet cold, but faith can be stretched and strengthened to cover all areas of life. I see it happen all the time. I just don’t always appreciate it.

There is a lot of turmoil around me lately, and I imagine this is true for you, dear reader, as well. My oldest daughter has had mystery issues for a while. She has been to see many specialists. She has spent many nights in hospital beds and stayed home from school a great many days. We know she has retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease, but the rest of it has escaped definition. Guesses have ranged through a variety of ailments, including MS and related illnesses.

Sunday I spoke with one of my friends as I was arriving for the late service and he was leaving the middle one. I told him the doctors hadn’t been able to name whatever was going on with Heather. His response? “It has a name. And we know the Name above all names. We’ll take it to Him in prayer. Are you with me?” Of course I was. I had no idea we’d be carting Heather to the ER later in the day, to be followed by transport to All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. This morning a cardiologist sat with Heather and my wife and described Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Neurocardiogenic Syncope to them.

Is this it, definitively? We don’t know 100 percent, but it’s the best answer we have seen so far. The symptoms fit and it explains why certain tests were negative when symptoms point to something like MS. For too long we’ve been faced with, “I don’t know, but we’ll keep trying,” from doctors and then 24 hours after my friend John says it has a name — we get a name.

Christian men are, no doubt, under attack. Many of culture’s messages run counter to God’s Word and we can easily be ensnared by them. This is most notable in the realm of lust. Seven in 10 men struggle with a pornography addiction. I could name way more than 10 myself, but won’t do that. I have been praying for one of these men and, as  I am writing this, I was told that he has a future. It was entirely possible that his actions had closed a door in his life, but God is giving him another chance. Further, yesterday, another friend stood up and admitted his problem and asked forgiveness for the damage it has caused in those around him. His openness encouraged me to reach out to friends for help to keep me from falling into this pit, as well.

The above is a pretty wordy way of saying we are meant for community, with our Maker and our fellow humans. If you’re struggling with something, turn to a friend and carry the burden together. Take it before God’s throne and leave it there.

Stretch out. Exercise your faith.

What is a way you’ve seen your faith stretched?

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