The journey to faith is often erratic and untidy. We need first to listen to our own stories – of how we got to be where we are, asking: ‘Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going?’ God’s story matters too, but often the way to encounter it comes through seeing God at work somewhere in our own story
“Men go forth to wonder at the heights of mountains, the huge waves of the sea, the broad flow of the rivers, the extent of the ocean, and the courses of the stars, and omit to wonder at themselves.”
St. Augustine’s ‘Confessions’.
Shasta began with his sad story but that was where he met Aslan and then things begin to change and to make sense. So too when Jesus enters our story a wonderful life-long friendship begins
‘Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure’ – Pope John Paul I
“The surpassing worth of knowing Christ my Lord…
I want to know Christ.”
Philippians 3: 8-10
Here’s my story. But it’s just the beginning of my journey as I’m still ‘a work in progress!’
It had been an eye-opening experience to meet up with enthusiastic young Christians at the University during the previous academic year. To be among so many young people who had an obvious deep love for Jesus was a refreshing new discovery. I had grown up in my local parish church, was confirmed and regular at Holy Communion, but what I discovered in the fellow Christians at University was something attractively different. It was like living again in the days of the New Testament church.
Re-kindling the Fire
I sometimes read about Christians in past ages who seem to have known Christ more closely than I do. It challenges me of my need to catch something of their ‘fire’ so that my own dying embers of love for Christ may be re-kindled.
At the the call of Jesus, the first disciples left their nets and followed him. I too have done this and sought to follow him. In the following pages I hope to share what has most helped me in my Christian journey of faith.
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