I'm the kind of person who skips to the conversation when reading a book.
I revised my creed again last week. A reminder from a friend set me to putting that reminder into the creed I say every morning.
Saying a creed (“I believe…”), to me, is like putting my feet on the floor when I get out of bed in the morning. It’s a grounding. Yes, the world is still stable. God is still on the throne.
The creed I say began as the Nicene Creed, but it has grown. My additions are in bold.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; He walked among. He…
(and here I insert whatever I just read in the gospel. For instance, today, I would say, “He walked among us. He healed a blind man, asking him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’)
He was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spake by the prophets, who is our Comforter, our Counselor, our Advocate, and the One who intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words, for we do not know how to pray as we ought.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church which is the body of Christ.
(Here’s the part I just added)
I believe there is a battle, unseen, going on all around us, and that Christ is already victorious in that battle. I believe that we have nothing to fear because of it. I believe God redeems the waste places and wildernesses in our lives and makes them like Eden.
I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
These are the truths that guide my life. They are the floor under my feet and the roof over my head.
So thankful for words that are true.
Is it cheating that I copy-pasted the Nicene Creed itself? I hope not.