John and I have a covenant with one another. It’s a promise we made to each other and have kept for over fifty-four years. I felt so excited when he slipped a ring on my finger and said, “I love you!”
We waited for about six months to enjoy the pleasure of living together and being united in with our bodies, as well as our spirits.
In that time between our engagement and marriage, we lived over 150 miles from one another. We saw each other every two weeks. We had no mobile phones, no email communication, and no computers. We wrote letters and mailed them at the post office. They arrived a day or two later. We called each other once or twice a week, using the dial-up phone system. Thankfully, we were not on the old-fashioned party line, which was shared by family and neighbors!
What did we do in the moments, the days, the nights, and the weekends when we did not see one another’s face or touch one another’s hand? Even though we felt lonely, we felt joyful.
Our faith in one another’s promised words gave us the confidence to think through what we needed to do in order to prepare for our upcoming wedding. We made plans and acted on them.
In the same way, what we think and what we do in response to God’s covenant, his promise to love and not forsake us, is evidence of our faith. How nice it would be in these difficult days if we could just depend on our feelings! As it is in easier times, feelings may or may not be evidence of faith.
I never liked logic I thought it was toxic A hindrance to faith That was a mistake God is a thinker God is a planner His love and compassion Include knowledge and wisdom What looks like spontaneity Is surprising just to me God knows the end from the beginning Yet allows for human choosing This is beyond my comprehension Yet it provides me with a lesson Faith excludes the use of magic To retain, in me, God’s holy image I must think and I must plan When I fall down, go back again Learn by listening to God’s voice How to make a better choice This, I think, is faith in action It’s not a feeling or abstraction When I embrace this kind of faith God rewards me by the action he takes. 3/28/2020 Jane Ault