Elijah and Bumpa (i.e. Grandpa) are talking after the Vikings-Packers game.
Bumpa, what’s faith?
Why are you asking about faith, Elijah?
Mom just said it. She said that word again, just like she did last week.
She said “You gotta have faith.” Maybe you should turn up your hearing aids.
I see. Mom was talking about Bumpa’s attempt to lose weight.
Yeah. I hate to wait!
Well, waiting is different but it does require faith. Bumpa can’t just wait to lose weight. I have to work at it.
You’re drivin’ me crazy! I asked you a simple question: “What’s faith?”
Okay. Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
It’s a little like confidence, Elijah. Or believing things will turn out well even when everything looks bad.
So that rookie kicker needed faith, right?
Yes. He lost his faith right there on the football field…THREE times. He lost his confidence. He didn’t believe it was going to turn out well, and he blew nine points. Nine points!!! All because he lacked faith.
Yeah, his coach lost faith in him and he lost faith in himself, right Bumpa?
Right. But faith is about more than football, Elijah. It’s about life. It’s the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.
What’s conviction? So we believe in ghosts?
No, Elijah. Remember when Barclay let you play with his ball and didn’t bite? It’s a little like that. Faith is trust. I hope you never lose your faith!
- Bumpa and Elijah, Chaska, MN, September 17, 2018.