I was reading this passage in the Bible this morning – show me your faith apart from your works and I by my works will show you my faith.
It was a very timely passage for me because I struggle so much with faith. Faith in God does not come easily or naturally to me. But, I believe that the struggle to have faith is worth the effort. I also believe in the old adage “Show, don’t tell”. So, I was consoled to hope that God saw my works as faith.
I have been thinking about this idea of works all week. Earlier in the week there was a news report in the Philadelphia area about a mother abandoning her 21 year old quadriplegic and nonverbal son in a wooded park. And, believe me, the report was heart wrenching. He had stayed in that park for 5 days before being discovered.
The news report went on to say that the young man had been taken to an area hospital and family was sitting by his bed around the clock.
Of course, my first reaction was one of horror. How could a mother do something like that??? But then the part about the family staying at the hospital around the clock started to bother me.
I thought about how this woman raised this young man for 21 years and, it seemed from the report, as a single mother. I thought maybe the crushing pressure of the day to day care for him had made her mind snap. My next thought was maybe the people rushing to his bedside at the hospital could have prevented this horrible thing from happening.
I know that it certainly isn’t the responsibility of those people to care for this young man. Or is it? Maybe it is everyone’s responsibility to show faith through works?