Friday, April 3, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Credo

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

Today is Easter Friday, which in the Christian faith is arguably the most important day in our religious calendar. Shared only with Easter Sunday. Today, we remember that Jesus Christ died for our sins so we might be saved. On Sunday, we celebrate His resurrection. To me, it's actually a very nice thought that C corresponds with today, because it's just a nice reminder of Christ's sacrifice for us.

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. 

(Romans 8:26-27)

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. 


betty said...

I was on another blog that used "credo" as their word today. Interesting because its not a word you hear a lot. I agree with everything you wrote today. I am very thankful for Jesus, what he did for us all those years ago, his resurrection, the Holy Spirit, etc. Can't add much more because you said it so well.


Barbara In Caneyhead said...

That is a beautiful and accurate version of the creed.
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mike spain said...

Nicely timed post

mike spain said...

Nicely timed post

Deniz Bevan said...

I'd like to see the Afrikaans version too! We tend to say it in French a lot because many of the churches in Geneva are French (though there's also English, German, Italian, and more!).

Misha Gericke said...

Yeah, Betty, we tend to use "Creed" which is from the same origin more often. I like "credo" more, though. But it might just be because of my musical associations.

Glad you like it, Barbara. :-)

Thanks for stopping by, Mike.

Deniz, maybe one day I'll post it here. :-)