I wasn't quite sure which direction I wanted this post to take. When I first read "Bringing Faith to Life" as the first topic in the Build 'Em Up link-up with Erin, Jennifer, and Courtney, my mind was blank.
Does this mean bringing faith to life for myself? My children and family? People in my community? Is the post asking me how I do this? Or why I do this?
In light of the last two weeks in which our new son was born with some difficulties leaving him in the NICU for a few days, I find myself with one word on my mind concerning this topic: Challenged.
When friends and family learned about our "Deputy's" health problems, they immediately went into action with prayer. People contacted churches for daily Masses to be dedicated to his healing; a friend offered up her daily struggles with her own children (houseful of lice at that!) for our intentions; Rosaries were prayed on our behalf; encouraging and prayerful songs were posted on facebook to comfort us. These offerings are all on top of simple, but powerful, prayers offered up by so many.
Looking back, I see the power of so many prayer warriors coming together, and I see that it's through my friends and family that I've been blessed. Through these people, my faith is brought to life. I understand that faith is about my relationship with God, and I also believe God placed people in my life to guide me in that relationship.
Because I've been so blessed, I feel challenged to be a light that brings faith to life in the lives of my friends and family. I want to be the rock that they can stand upon to see a brighter day when life is dark. I want to be a wall to lean upon, to hold them up, when they don't have faith to stand alone.
I want my children to know how powerful our asking for God's help can be. I want to pass along what God's placed in my life: the trust that God will carry us through despite whatever hardships life throws our way.
I often struggle with how to do this. Can a two-year-old understand God? How do I convey this great concept of Creator and the Love that comes with Him?
I watched Mass (yesterday actually) since we missed on Sunday, and the priest gave me an answer in saying that when others see us, may they see Jesus Christ. That's my prayer as we venture into this next chapter as a family of four. I want each and every day to bring my own faith to life by showing it. May those closest to me see through my actions and words not only my own love, but the love of God, and may their faith grow through our interactions.