Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). This Scripture was one that I learned to recite as a child. But it was not until I reached adulthood that I discovered I was reciting it incorrectly. I was missing a key word in the verse. A tiny three letter word that begins the verse, it is the word “now.” The dictionary defines now as at the present time or moment. Often times I view the word faith as indicative of what is to come. But when I add the word now to the beginning of the verse, it takes on a whole new meaning for me. Now faith gives me the blessed assurance of knowing that I am, not I will.
From “The Significance of Now” by Deborah Calvert, from the Aug. 26, 2011, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we remember Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, who died in 1153.