Some days I can’t recite the Creed.
Some days I can’t pray.
Some days I can’t believe.
We tend to think it all depends on us as an individual. I need to recite. I need to pray. I need to believe.
I. I. I.
But actually nothing depends on me. Nothing depends on you. Everything depends upon God.
We love because God first loved us. We lean on God. We rest in God. We sink into the security that is God.
It doesn’t depend upon you. It doesn’t depend upon me. We are not saved by our ability to recite the Creed. We are not saved by our ability to pray. We are not saved by the correctness of our beliefs or our actions. It simply doesn’t depend upon us.
It is important to understand and believe the Creeds. It is important to pray. It is important to believe. But they are not the most important things. They are not the first things.
The first and most important is to be willing to step into God’s love. It doesn’t even need to be a big step. We don’t have to fling ourselves off some cliff. Sometimes the leap of faith is more like a hop. A tiny hop. Maybe a stumble. A shuffle. That little, tiny movement is enough. And then God, with God’s great odd sense of humor slips in. God puts out a hand and catches us as we stumble. God takes a tiny hop with us.
Then God , with God’s great odd sense of humor, brings along some people to help us, to pray for us and with us.
Some days I need you to recite the Creed for me.
Some days I need you to pray for me.
Some days I need you to believe on my behalf.
Some days you will need me to recite and pray and believe for you. That’s how it works.
We can’t do this alone. We need each other.
We don’t do this alone. We have each other. And we have God, who loves us before we are even able to believe and pray and recite.