Friday After the Epiphany, January 8

Text: John 4:46-54

“Unless you see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”

John 4:48

The story we have here is of a nobleman whose son was very sick. On the verge of death. This nobleman sought out Jesus to heal his son. He did this after only hearing of the deeds of Jesus, not having seen them. But, by the faith of this nobleman Jesus healed his son.

How often are we in the same situation as this nobleman; asked to believe with only His word to rely on. Every day we have obstacles that delay our plans, but we forget that we pray “Thy will be done” every day.

As a youngster I had a tremendous learning disability, “I already knew it all.” When in the late 1980’s I reached a point that all of the answers that I came up with, didn’t work, I did what the “Atheist in the fox hole” did - I prayed, asking God for answers. Almost immediately I saw a light at the end of the tunnel. There were still many obstacles. The least of which was not my ego which had problems accepting the simple fact that God is smarter than I.

After I allowed God to be part of my decision-making process, obstacles began to fall away, and my faith grew. There were and still are obstacles in my path. But about this time in my life, I heard one of the pop-psychologists say, “You’ll see it when you believe it.”

I cannot say it better than that. And all of us need to remember that it isn’t “Seeing is believing.” It is “Believing is seeing.”

Like the nobleman whose son is healed or the woman at the well – our faith will make us whole.

~ Tom McGill,



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824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.