Timothy was a young Greek man that Paul took under his wing. Timothy learned from Paul, prayed with him, acted as Paul's representative to churches when Paul was busy. Paul thought of Timothy as his son. In a letter to Timothy, Paul wrote: "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you."
Lois and Eunice had a living faith and their faith was transmitted to Timothy. This mysterious connection with the living God comes to us through the living faith of other people.
Who passed faith to you? How did they do it? Close your eyes and bring them to mind. Give thanks.
Who are people at First Lutheran who have a living faith and pass it on? How do they pass on the faith? What gifts do you see? Close your eyes and bring them to mind. Give thanks. Share those names or stories in the comments below.
Lord God, thank you for ________ , ________ , and ________ , my spiritual fathers and mothers. I will never forget them. Bless them and let them know of my gratitude. Blessed Holy Spirit, please show me anyone you would like me to take under my wing to care for, so that this burning, living faith will not flicker out with me. Amen.