Tuesday March 21st Matthew 17 : 20-21
He replied, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, "Move from here to there" and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you".
These words were my early introduction to faith and have sustained me through my life. I remember as a child being told by my mother in response to my pleas and cries of despair when I couldn't do 'it' — to ask for God's help but that I should take the first step. Her answer was always 'God helps those who will first help themselves' and if after doing this I failed it was not meant to be.
I have carried this with me through the difficulties of life. Growing up, education exams, marriage, motherhood and as a teacher specialising in helping children with a range of difficulties. Encouraging children to believe that God is there to help them if they are prepared to take the first steps to move the seemingly huge mountain..
I remember the story of William who was going through hard times and needed money to help his business. He saw that the first prize at the local lottery was what he needed. Being a churchgoing man he prayed night and day for the week before the draw. William did not win the lottery and angrily asked God in his prayers why he didn't win. God replied, William you didn't help me — buy a lottery ticket next time.
Lord, grant me the gift of faith, even as small as a mustard seed, and help me through that faith to take the first steps in moving mountains!
Jean Skinner West Tanfield