By Judy Brandon
Faith in God … the word faith can be described generally in two ways.
First faith may at times be shallow, limited, superficial, artificial, hypocritical, and rudimentary faith. Many times these types of faith are what our families, neighbors, and associates at work see from day to day.
The second kind of faith is deep-water faith, unlimited, powerful, trusting, focused, vibrant, dynamic, luminous and believing faith. That is believing and dynamic faith.
I know the writer of Hebrews defines faith and then goes on to mention them in Hebrews 11.
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. “(Hebrews 11:1 The Message)
My precious Mother passed away from this life last week into the arms of Jesus. She is now with her Savior, my Daddy, my grandmother who died when my mother was just 6 years old, and countless family members and friends who are already home in heaven.
It is hard to be objective when it comes to my Mother, but I would suggest that she was a powerful example of trusting God with vibrant, powerful, dynamic, believing, focused and deep-water faith. Mother saw a need and did her best to meet that need in Jesus’ name.
I remember as a young child when my Mother was always taking Susie and me along when she reached out to people in need: The woman on skid row, the Mexican nationals in the 1960s and the countless families that she fed, not because she had to but because she was an ambassador of the King.
She ministered to prisoners in prisons all over the nation and even those on death row in many states. This week I have to write a prisoner in Florida that my mother has written for the last 25 years, encouraging him in the ways of the Lord and encouraging him to hold on to his faith. I have to tell him that the faith that she talked about, the precious blood of Jesus has carried her to her permanent eternal home in heaven.
I dare not think that I can be like my Mother, but I can model my actions in this life after Savior who she served. I would never attempt to say that I have the close walk with the Lord that she had. But she modeled a Christ-like walk for me, and I use her example to draw closer to the Savior she loved so.
Mother knew what people she had to touch in some way. I can pray that God will give me more spiritual insight to go where he wants me to go and do what he wants me to do, just like Mother did.
The writer of Hebrews also wrote, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
I know that if Mother were here, she would cheer me on to victory in this life like she always has done. She would pray with me, quote scripture to me, and then encourage me to go out among the fields white with harvest to bring in those who need him.
My faith may not be the unlimited, powerful, trusting, focused, vibrant, dynamic, luminous faith right now. But my Mother’s was that kind of faith. Mother’s example sustains me, comforts me and spurs me on to deep water, trusting and powerful faith.
Early last week, I thanked my Mother for teaching me about the Lord and I thanked her for the life she lived, and the example of deep-water faith she set for me and my sister Susie.
How blessed we are.
Judy Brandon is a Clovis resident. Contact her at: