On the 30th of June 1859 Jean-François Gravelet or Blondin as he was better known became famous for being the first person ever to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. For his return journey Blondin asked the crowds if they believed he could successfully complete the return journey carrying a person on his back. The crowds responded with an enthusiastic yes, but unsurprisingly on calling for a volunteer nobody was willing to take him up on his offer. Saying that we believe is one thing but faith requires us to put our beliefs into practice.
The writer of the letter to the Hebrews describes faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 He continues with a whole list of heroes of the faith who have expressed their belief by putting it into action. If you read the passage and examine the lives of each of the characters you will discover that these were ordinary folk just like you or I. In our Gospel this morning Jesus encourages us to make sure that our faith is not misdirected into money and possessions that will wear out. Instead he tells us to, “Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:33-34 We do this when we place our trust fully in Him. Where will you place your faith this week?
Till next time. Andrew
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Rev. Andrew Smith
Vicar of Light in the Hills