Just a heads-up: This is a VERY Christian Faith Related Post, so if you don't want to read on, please feel free to skip over to my writing blog.
Linking this to my theme of Things I've Learned from 2014, we come to the Credo. Credo is actually Latin and can literally be translated into I believe.
And I do.
Oh boy I do.
One would think that the hard times would have shaken my faith. It could have. If it had depended on me alone, I probably wouldn't have been able to withstand all the tests my faith has gone through.
It's hugely fortunate, then, that I had some supernatural help. As in the Holy Spirit. When I was tired and hopeless, He strengthened me. When hope was so far lost that I didn't know how to pray, the Holy Spirit prayed for me.
Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
So needless to say, then, that one of the things I'm most grateful for is that God was there, and He helped me and my family. And through His involvement my faith has been strengthened.
Because it's Easter and because it's a good reminder of what it is that I believe, I'm posting the Credo here. (I picked this particular version because it's the closest one to what I use in my church. The one I actually use being in Afrikaans.)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended into hell.
On the third day He rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Have a blessed Easter.