When a pastor’s faith faces the ultimate test

| March 4, 2012

It is Sunday morning, and the man of faith is working the room. Grinning, shaking hands, thanking people for coming. This is a pastor's life, and it is all Tim Kelley ever wanted.

From the corner of his eye, he sees Hannah waiting and watching. It is part of their routine. The pastor leaves early for church, his daughter invariably arrives late, and then she stands quietly in the reception area once services have ended.

As the crowd begins to thin, Kelley pulls Hannah in tight for the hug he knew she was seeking. He kisses her cheek, he tells her he loves her. And then she walks off, leaving her father's world behind.

In the narrowest of definitions, faith is a concept. It cannot be weighed, and it cannot be measured. It cannot be held, heard, seen or purchased.

It can, however, be tested.

 

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