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Women’s Hall of Faith

DSC_3703_2Dear Faithful Comfort Cafe Readers,

We have completed two years of Bible Study around God’s attributes. What a blessing—it makes me want to continue in some way! So beginning next month, I will publish a short series of lessons inspired by this study. We will look at the first commandment in the Bible. What does it mean to love the Lord your God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself? Stay tuned, and I hope you’ll join us!

For now, enjoy this contemporary take below on the Hall of Faith from Hebrews 11.

candlesNow faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1

Would you recognize a modern Hero of Faith as listed in Hebrews 11? Ordinary folks around us don’t wear halos, but if we knew their stories, we might suddenly perceive them differently, maybe more like how God sees them.

A current rendition might read as follows (stories and names altered to protect privacy):

By faith, Edwina, a diminutive eighty-year-old, continues to be the sole caregiver for her now sixty-year-old mentally disabled son despite her own failing health, even though she has the financial means to entrust him to a care facility. Only God sees the sacrifice it took to care for her disabled son while raising six additional children, instilling in all of them a strong faith.

By faith, thirty-five-year-old Miriam chooses to forgive her unfaithful husband and take responsibility for the ways she contributed to the breakdown of her marriage. Only God sees the inner struggle it took for her to forgive, the countless hours she devotes to prayer, for her husband in particular, and her efforts to become a more godly wife and mother through Bible study and service.

By faith, Jeanette is caregiver for both her physically disabled fifty-year-old son as well as her husband who suffers from dementia. Only God witnessed the private battles she fought with Him to accept her hard lot in life. Yet as a result of her overcoming spirit, she has become a woman of great encouragement to others.

By faith, sixty-five-year-old divorced Lucy endures financial devastation, health challenges, and the prospect of no retirement. Only God sees her faithful endurance and hears her words of praise in the midst of trials as she spends countless hours in her spare time praying for others.

By faith, Anna endures the challenges of living with her bipolar husband who is beginning to suffer from dementia as well. Only God grasps the challenges this woman faces daily. Only He sees how much she encourages her faith community through her writing and deep spiritual insights.

By faith, Josie daily endures the pain of fibromyalgia and the isolation and disability it has brought to her life. Only God fully appreciates the sacrifice of pain she makes in order to be in her grandchildren’s lives to love on them and tell them about their Savior.

By faith, Shawna prayerfully hopes for her drug addicted adult son, that he will return to God and be freed from his addiction. Only God sees the daily fear she lives with and how often she falls to her knees before His throne pleading for mercy and help.

And the list goes on of those who suffer illnesses, disabilities, estranged relationships, prodigal children, abandoned by husbands, enduring widowhood. Doesn’t your story belong on this list as well? We, too, are all to be “commended for [our] faith,” yet so far none of us have received what’s been promised either. The advice from Galatians 6:9 is solid: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up!”

For a wonderful story about a Hall of Faith woman from the pages of history, read about Queen Catherine of Aragon at www.Comfort-Cafe.net/blog.