Daily Dose, Sept. 24 — I Believe: Apostles’ Creed

  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:1-7) “I believe in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord…. The third day he rose from the dead.” This is the key and central belief of all Christian people. This means we are on a journey that leads into a glorious eternity to be shared with everyone who has loved God with all their heart and their neighbor as themselves. We will experience the indescribable joy of being with every person of every time and place who has faith in Christ. Jesus spoke about a place that he promised to prepare so we could be forever in his company. The Book of Revelation paints a picture of a home with God where every fear is wiped away by the Almighty. “Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.” (Revelation 21:4) We are Easter Sunday people who believe that nothing is impossible for God. We are a resurrection people who believe that light beats the darkness every time and that Jesus is alive above us and his Spirit alive within us. I was wrestling with my faith in the month following my mom’s death, when I happened upon a postcard she had sent me while she visited her family in Maryland. She wrote, “Dear Don, I’m having so much fun! You would love to see me. Miss all. Love Mother.” I read it most every day and sometimes think of her as we recite the creed. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don