But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture–“I believed, and so I spoke” –we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence.” (2 Corinthians 4:13 – 14)

As I look over the expanse and length of ordinary times, I see 23 or 24 weeks laying out between now and the beginning of Advent. I am not, beloved reader, counting down to the number of shopping days. But am looking at the length of time we will be engaged in study and hearing from a wide variety of speakers and writers during this time. Each one of them, in their own way, is speaking about what they believe. Our task is to sort out and discern what their beliefs are. And then determine ourselves how their beliefs should form and influence ours. It is not just Paul who speaks and preaches to us, though it seems like his is the dominant voice. And it is not just the bible, Holy Scripture, that has been established to guide us. There are many who have believed and spoken what the Holy Presence has placed in their thoughts and minds, and have inspired their tongues to speak.

“Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.” (Verses 15 – 18)

Those who capture our attention are those who in some way have suffered and/or lived out their faith. The authenticity of their faith and their words draw us in, as does the Holy Presence that nurtures and guides them.

“For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Chapter 5, verse 1)

To speak directly, Paul is talking about our earthly bodies that he calls “tents”, and that in Heaven and/or in the life to come that which contains or is our soul will be eternal. I believe, beloved reader, and so I speak it – these “tents” welive in now will be remade by the Divine so that what/who we are now will continue throughout eternity.

You, beloved reader, may have many things you believe in; and you, I am sure, speak about them. It is my prayer, on your behalf, that what speak (or write) is an inspiration to others and will nurture & guide them. Shalom & Selah!