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In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus taught his disciples about having faith. He had been teaching them about the demands of being his disciple trusting in God, not money, sharing with the poor, building up the faith of others, forgiving those who had wronged them. In response, the disciples cried out, “Lord, increase our faith!” These expectations seemed more than they could accomplish. But then Jesus replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed,
you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6).
Having faith is not always easy. But our faith will grow as we exercise it. Each time we step out and trust Jesus to provide for our needs and he does, our faith will get stronger. At times over the years, I have used the spiritual practice of keeping a prayer journal. This practice helps my faith to grow. Through this journal, I talk to God. I share my questions and the struggles that I face. Then when I see God answer my prayers, I record these also. Later this journal reminds me of how God has provided in the past and that God will provide in the future.
Just this week, I saw this kind of ministry lived out in our community. Because of the evacuation of Charleston in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew, a retirement community from Charleston came to Fort Mill. The Bishop Gadsdon Retirement Community moved to a hotel on Carowinds Boulevard. Six buses of resident arrived on Wednesday. Many of these had difficulty walking and some could not walk on their own at all. In order to get these people off the buses, help was need. Several units of our Fire and EMT departments came, as well as other volunteers. Through their efforts everyone was able to get off the buses and safely into their rooms.