Today’s Scripture Selection: Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us reason together.”

Faith sometimes gets a bad rap.

It is seen, by some, to be too

  • Emotional
  • Illogical
  • Sentimental
  • Fanciful

It is seen as being anything but reasonable.

But I have found it to be anything but that.

To me, faith and reason can go hand in hand – and often do.

I believe we are complex beings with spirits, souls, and minds – the whole ball of wax.  As scripture puts it, we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.”

And I believe the Source of all things is infinitely more complex.  God is Love and God is the Creative Intelligence – that brings all into being and sustains all as well.

So, when God says

“Come, let us reason together” I think there is a promise of something far beyond what our minds can comprehend – and yet there is a great willingness on the part of God to commune with us.

There is a wonderful offer as well:

“Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

And we, being the curious creatures we are, might readily ask


That is a story that has been unfolding for a very, very long time – and will still unfold in the future for a very, very long time to come.

That may not seem, in the world’s eyes, a very reasonable thing on which to stake one’s life.

But I find it makes perfect sense.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that in the great mystery of life, you are ever willing to commune with me.  AMEN.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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