The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord replied, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.  Luke 17:5-6.

Having the faith of a mustard seed means that we would have very little faith as the mustard seed is a very small seed.  It also means that there is a lot of room for a person to also have the seeds of doubt.

I think about some of the projects that would not have happened if the people making the decisions had enough doubts and excuses not to go ahead and try a new project.  Projects such as the Sheffield Community Church – where they had a church building that was no longer being worshipped in and had to make decisions like sell or find a use for it.  The people of Sheffield chose to find a use for the building and today it has a number of groups meeting there every day of the week.  Music on the Veranda in Evandale may not have happened if the people of Evandale just accepted that a Christmas Carol service was not going to happen  due to covid.

Yet I am sure that we can all think of projects where there was many doubts and excuses not to start a project.  Sometimes the doubts and excuses are valid – God may not have been wanting that project to work at that time.  However I am also sure that there are projects that God wanted to happen and they did not.

I will finish with verses for two hymns that you may or may not know:

  1. Fear and doubt and habit must not hold us back;

God gives hope, and insight, and the strength we lack.         God gives us a future – E. J. Smith 1960 – TIS 687


  1. Faith will not grow from words alone,

From proofs provided, scripture known;

Our faith must feel its way about,

And live with  question-marks and doubt.             Faith will not grow from words alone – E. J. Smithn1956 – TIS 691   


Shirley Bowers

Longford Uniting Church