By Chaplain Thomas Meade
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love
– I Corinthians 13:13
Faith. Faith is the victory that overcomes the world.
Paul wrote, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). We can see the unseen through the eyes of faith. The evidence of God speaks loudly in this universe in all its ways (see Romans 1:18-20).
I learned these lessons as a child to have faith in God that He would always be there for me/us, and He has been and is. Growing up on a small Michigan farm with large gardens, chickens, pigs, and small game hunting. It took faith in believing that through any possible setbacks, lack of rain, economic disasters, etc., we knew that God would help us reach our goals in life’s essentials. It takes faith to please God and to believe in Him (Hebrews 11:6) and with it we can do amazing things in life. Faith will see us through our current troubled times.
Hope. Hope is being optimistic having great anticipation of a sure outcome.
The Hebrew writer wrote, “so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain” (Hebrews 6: 18-19). The Most Holy Place is referenced here as “behind the curtain” (which is separated from the Holy Place) where the presence of God dwells in the tabernacle/temple where only the High Priest may enter where our Hope is.
Love. Love of God and country.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). Also read John 13:34-35.
America is a country filled with love for their homeland. PruittHealth has many Veteran’s facilities filled with heroes our partners are privileged to help care for, and in privater personal homes and other facilities we serve Veterans and Patriotic Americans. This chaplain is honored to be a partner among the many other partners with this love in their hearts driven by passion and filled with resilience that does not back down! When going gets tough the tough gets going, that’s our partners in PruittHealth. Oh, yeah, my time on the farm had its moments. One of our roosters tormented me and would chase me down with great fear shooting through me. My mother saved me from this monster and rooster was soon served for dinner. I had much faith, hope, and love with my God given mother and God provided for me as always.
Prayer. We thank you God for these wonderful three that remains and help us to learn to use them in our lives, in your precious name, amen.