Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. This week our reflection is from contributing writer and sponsor Maureen Lunn.
Throughout my life I’ve been faced with moments of doubt, in myself, in a life circumstance or in a new venture. In all those moments, I’ve been surrounded by people acting as cheerleaders and supporters — people who believed in me, even if I didn’t believe in myself. Without them, I likely would have never gone to graduate school, become a writer or had the courage to uproot from my Midwestern life to build a new career and community in New Mexico.
I’m thankful as I look back over the years and realize that so many of the steps I’ve taken started with someone saying, “You can do it. I believe in you.” Without those moments, I think my life could’ve been very different.
Belief, though, is not binary. It’s not something we get and then have forever. Rather, it’s a work in progress and often something we need help with. In the Gospel of Mark, we see the father of a boy who was deaf and mute ask Jesus to help him believe.
“‘But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.’ Jesus said to him, ‘”If you can!” Everything is possible to one who has faith.’ Then the boy’s father cried out, ‘I do believe, help my unbelief!'” (Mark 9:22-24)
Sometimes we need others to believe for us, to help us believe. It’s a crucial part of the experience of community, and of the sponsorship relationship in Unbound. When a struggling mother or father knows that someone in another country sees them, cares about them and believes in them, it helps them believe in themselves, too.
Another’s belief is empowering. It helps us see things about ourselves that are often hidden to our own eyes, and to find power we didn’t know we had.
Triune God, thank you for empowering us to believe in ourselves, in others and in you. Through your power, we believe. Help us to firm up our belief and to spread your love along the way. Amen.