Sometimes I wish the mute button on the remote worked on people.  I’ll admit it. At times, it would be so great just to reach down, grab a remote and point at a specific kind of person and mute them.  I’m not really talking about anyone in particular, or maybe I am and it could be you.  I’m going to pause there because that was not the smartest comment of my career, because I’m guessing there may have been more than a few times you wished you’d brought the remote to church and hit the mute button on me. So we’re even. I want to invite you to reflect on the notion of testimony. Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines testimony as 1a: a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official, 1b: firsthand authentication of a fact: EVIDENCE. 1c: an outward sign.   Over the weekend I started pondering the voices of the many saints and sinners who impacted my faith journey.  For me, there was great power in their testimony.  In Greek, testimony can mean: to witness, to affirm, to seal, to attend, or to give mouth.  Everyone shares their testimony differently. There is no right way or wrong way. It sounds trite, but it’s true. There is only your way.  How you talk about faith depends on what is happening in your life and in the life of others. It makes a difference who is listening.  What I do know is pat answers aren’t very helpful, but those conversations in the parking lot with a parent of a classmate who’s deeply concerned about their child or a neighbor who lives on your floor or 6 houses away, who’s spouse is seriously ill and needs your help – makes it time to share, care, show compassion and be Christ-like.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:5-6
for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind—just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you…”

Reflection Questions:
How are you “giving mouth” to your faith?
What enriches your faith?
How are you living more Christ-like?

Prayer: Holy God, I give you thanks for the voices in my life who nudged and provoked me along the way until I found what matters – living the more excellent way by doing good deeds.  Amen