This week’s Faith from the Margins to the Web falls in the middle of a two week seminary intensive (which is called “intensive” for a reason!). With apologies for lateness and brevity, I wanted to make sure to pass along this joyful piece of wisdom from this week’s contributors (and “guest contributor” toddler!)
Fifth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 7, Year B)
O Lord, make us have perpetual love and reverence for your holy Name, for you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of your lovingkindness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
When evening had come, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Faith from the Margins to the Web Contributors: John and MaryAnn
John, a brand new father that week, sat with MaryAnn as they worked through this scripture together. His older child, a sweet and playful toddler, was making joyful noises in the background as he played with toys. This was not an interview for which there was a lot of “Peace, Be Still!” but it was one filled with faith and hope. The conversation was honestly a bit too hard to hear over the joyful noises of toddler. But there was a core of wisdom which emerged, as there always is:
“Have you still no faith?” John said, “that part of the Gospel stands out to me because we were just talking about this, with this pregnancy. It has been so hard to have faith. My partner, she has been so scared. Our last baby…well, it was a hard pregnancy and a hard delivery for her. And this time it was like a struggle to have faith, but we walked through it together and we started to pray. We had that mustard seed grain of faith, but you know, sometimes that is all that you need. It was for us, and now we have a beautiful little baby girl and she has a healthy and beautiful Momma. It seems like maybe the disciples on that boat just didn’t want to take that risk. I get that, and Jesus did too. But then, all that worry and when we all walked through it together, it seemed like we found more faith. Like the disciples, I had to swallow my pride, and ask for help.”