I don’t want an explosive faith.
I don’t want a faith that bursts in an intense, ear-piercing boom with sparks flying all around.
I don’t want a faith that explodes but then gets put out, stomped into nothing but ashes.
I want a faith like a steady, burning fire.
I want faith that has flames blazing the whole night long. Oh yes, it may retrieve to the ground at times, and it may ignite to a grand fury, crackling and popping. But even still those flames will burn steady; they crackle and pop and even shoot off embers like confetti.
We don’t need any more explosions, like fireworks, that make the world’s eyes lock on its grandeur and power, and then fades into the dark, leaving those eyes wondering and looking elsewhere.
We need, my friend, more steady burning fires through the night.
Fires that bring that a sense of warmth and comfort, wonder and awe. Fires that burn for something greater. Fires that are fueled by the breath of air and of God. Fires that bring together community and friends and lovers. Fires that are so piercing, that blaze so passionately, that we can’t help but gaze and draw near. Fires that endure, ever so intensely, until the stars start to leave.
Oh, this is my prayer tonight.
That my faith isn’t explosive, no matter how captivating and brilliant those explosions may seem for the few spared moments. No, God, may my faith be a steady, burning fire.
May my faith blaze through this night,
Until the Morning Star rises.
Until we wake to see Your face.
Just a little snippet of words. With much, much love. And eyes in love with bright, steady flames. –Melissa
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