A Lifetime of Faith
By Jim Boyd
Looking back, I honestly can’t remember a time when God was not present in my life. That is not to say I did not have times and trials in my faith journey... I did and occasionally still do.
I was blessed to have been born into a family which knew the truth and importance of faith in God and in his Son our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. At the time, I did not realize what a blessing this was. My parents were both from North Dakota and had settled in San Francisco following World War II.
Faith was a very important part of our life and as such our church was the major focal point of most of our non-work/school activities.
I grew up in a small Lutheran congregation in San Francisco. Our church was our extended family, a place where faith and fellowsh ip went hand in hand. Most of our closest friends were fellow members. In fact we would celebrate every Christmas, Easter, and most other major holidays with four of our closest families from church.
I think about what brought us together. Besides all being from the Midwest, it had to be our faith in our Savior Jesus Christ and our closeness as a community of believers. We were a minority in a metropolis and a spiritual island in a sea of humanity.
Our church was small by today’s standards, but it was large to me. Besides the fellowship of faith we shared worshiping in the sanctuary we also shared each other’s company in the adjacent narthex before and after services. As a teenager I looked forward to youth gatherings and Bible studies.
We had a parish hall, which was connected to the church proper. In this hall we had many meals and programs that we shared together as a family. It had a small stage where we not only conducted Christmas programs and such but also other fellowship events like talent shows, plays, parties, and even small games of volleyball.
Upon graduating from college I moved back to North Dakota where I had previously spent many summers visiting relatives. For a while I was busy establishing a career, but fortunately when I felt a “certain” emptiness, God would call me back to church for a bit of nourishment for my soul.
When I met and married my wife Linda, I knew he was blessing me in a way which would make me complete and further my spiritual growth to help keep me stay clos er to him. Then with our children and our daughter in - law and now our grandson the importance of my faith becomes even clearer.
Now as a member of Lord of Life I continue to see the importance of regular worship and those Christmas programs and other fe llowship events which bring us together as a family of Christians who grow in faith, pass on our faith, and share the joys as a community of believers in Jesus Christ our Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father
I thank you for the many blessings that you have provided. May we cherish the memories we have as a family of believers. Help us to go forward and utilize our gifts to your glory. May we be a blessing to others so they too can share in the joys of faith in your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen