what is faith?

Faith will not grow from words alone,
from proofs provided, scripture known,
our faith must feel its way about,
and live with question-marks and doubt.

The pattern Jesus showed, we share:
life comes through death, hope through despair.
God is made known in brokenness,
And faith feeds on God’s emptiness.

The church still tells how Jesus came
through death to glorious life again –
the strangest story! Yet, maybe,
our faith will thrive on mystery.

Faith takes the little that we know,
and calls for hope, and tell us: Go!
Love and courage, come what may;
Christ will be with us on the way.

by Elizabeth J. Smith

Australian Hymn Book II
Together in Song – no.691
(to the tune of “Arizona”)

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