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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

15 August 2018: Rev'd Stephen Wright, Petersfield Methodist Church

Standing on platforms or faith?

Platform shoes, for men, remember them? I guess you have to be of a certain age to do so. When I was a teenager, they were the height of fashion. I had a black and white pair, which I loved; I still have them. Occasionally, I’ve shown them off at school assemblies; the children thought them very funny. The truth seems to be, that although platforms are still OK for women, they are unlikely to make a come back for blokes. I could be wrong, I just find it difficult to think of my own children swooning at the thought of owning a pair. My platforms have long outlived their usefulness.

Of course, this is not just true of a peculiar type of shoe or other eccentric fashion items. All manner of things, have their moment, only to fade away. David Bowie even sang about fame in these terms; we could be heroes, he said, even if it was just for one day. It’s how many imagine Christian faith today. It had its moment in the sun, now it ebbs away at the periphery of things. There is obviously some truth in this. But I will say, that faith in Jesus Christ was something else I picked up in my teens and it has proved a great deal more durable than my platform shoes. Indeed, not only has it helped me greatly as a person, it has helped me cope with some pretty challenging circumstances too.

So, I have a hunch that faith will endure. In a world where change is a constant, it can help provide the rich resources we need to thrive and endure.

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