John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Absolutely, maybe

The older I get, the less I know.

When I was younger there were many absolutes in my life. For example, I believed all police and clergy were good, and I knew anyone in prison was bad. I believed anyone on welfare was lazy, and it was wrong to harvest trees from any federal land. I was certain hip-hop wasn’t real music, and the United States would always be safe from the nasty and confusing business going on in the Middle East.

As I have become older, things are far less absolute. Experience has taught me that the number of things I can absolutely believe are dramatically fewer than I previously thought, as I’ve seen examples of why I was wrong. With the possible exception of hip-hop (still working on that one), I now know all of the above statements—plus many others—are not always true. Any discussion of these topics must include, “It depends.”

Are there any absolutes left in which to believe?

A few come to mind, but the list is surprisingly short. Love of family and it is good to be healthy still warrant absolute belief.  What about “whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” I have never seen an example of why this is not true. I know that friends and family who have died still live in my heart, and their deeds and actions continue to enhance the lives of the living. Yep, I still believe.

— Greg Kerfoot


Prayer:  Grant us experience of your life bubbling up deep within that we may know your living presence this day and always.

To ponder:  What things did you believe to be absolute that today may not be so certain? Which absolutes are still in place?  Is this absolute for you,, “The one who believes in me will live, even though they die”