As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him . . . abounding in thanksgiving. — Colossians 2:6-7 (NRSV)
When I was young, I overheard my parents telling other parents that my sister and I were good at choosing friends. They meant that we surrounded ourselves with people who cared about us, supported us, and generally made good decisions. Looking back, I am grateful for the friends and community I had as a young person. Those people shaped my worldview, supported me in my journey of faith, and helped me become the person I am today. Who we spend time with matters.
A relationship with God through Jesus Christ is much the same. When we take time to pray, read scripture, reflect on our faith, and listen for God’s leading, our lives are shaped in unique and meaningful ways. In this issue, many writers share stories about the ways that faith in Christ and dedication to spiritual practice have affected their lives. Some describe shifts in attitude and relationships because of their connection to God. Others describe a newfound sense of peace and awareness of God’s presence when they slow down and invest time practicing their faith.
As you read this issue, I invite you to consider what difference a relationship with God makes in your daily life. I hope that you will find new ways to practice and invest in your faith over the coming months.
While several strategies for reopening the world are being discussed, I encourage you—the people of God everywhere—to allow this season to be a formative one during which you can make new discoveries about God and increase your faith. Use this time to embark on a life of prayer, a life of study, and a life of action—involvement in the community.”