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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
August 17, 2001

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It's our handle on what we can't see.
Hebrews 11:1 (The Message*)

There is much to appreciate in the things that we can see and touch. They can give us pleasure, and their very tangibility makes it easy for us to relate to them.

However, these tangible things are not the basis of our existence. They can not be trusted to give us hope when circumstances seem very grim. And, in one way or another, they can be taken away from us.

For what is really most important to our lives, we need to look to something not so tangible on the physical plane. We need, in the words of Eugene Peterson's unusual translation of this very familiar passage, to have a "handle on what we can't see."

We need to have a firm foundation in our lives; one that makes life worth living regardless of our circumstances. With the author of Hebrews, I have found that this foundation is my trust in God, my faith. Things may disappoint, and people may come and go, but faith endures. It is the rock on which I can build a secure life.

Dear friends, is your life resting on a firm foundation?

Bill Samuel

* The Message version © by Eugene H. Peterson.

©2001 Friends in Christ, Inc.

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