The Letter ‘t’

Do you remember the strangest question you have ever been asked ?

Mine came from a former student, who was very bright and inquisitive.

One day she approached me after class and asked : ‘Why do you wear the letter ‘t’ around your neck ?’

I explained that this was not a letter of the alphabet, but instead, it was a cross, a symbol of Christianity, and I told her that I was a Christian.

I often wonder whether she further further investigated the Christian faith.

In a part of Canada, called Quebec, it is now against the law for employees of publicly- funded institutions to wear symbols of their religious faith while at work. The law came into effect in 2019.

We are living in a post-Christian era ; Canada has officially been a secular country since 1967.

What this means for us is that we cannot assume that most people know what Christianity, and the good news of salvation is about.

My husband has a colleague of another religious faith, who, since he noticed eight different church buildings in our village, asked us, shyly, which one is the Christian church.

This should not discourage us. However, it is a ‘wake up’ call, telling us that we need to work together, as followers of Christ. We know that our Lord wants us to work in harmony, as believers who share a common faith.

People who do not (yet) know the Lord are watching us more carefully than we might realize.

They notice what we say, and what we don’t say , and how we present ourselves in public. They observe how we treat others who hold different values than we do, and they watch our facial expressions when we think that no-one is watching us. ( before mask wearing).

They have observed whether we have remained consistently peaceful and patient during the pandemic, knowing that God is in control.

In the coming days, all of us are going to have additional opportunities to serve the Lord , according to our different giftings.

May God give us the grace never to become discouraged.

He has chosen us, and has uniquely prepared us to further the Kingdom of God at this point in history.

May we not disappoint Him.

42 thoughts on “The Letter ‘t’

    1. Thanks so much. Yes, the young woman apparently was not familiar with the cross, the symbol of Christianity. Let us pray for opportunities to share our faith. 🤗

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      1. Maybe , she though it as a t symbol . Canada is a multicultural nation with a melting pot for all races , religious backgrounds , national origins …
        The state wants to allow freedom of faith but separate the state from religion in one way or another . Quebec is like France where they separate religion from the state affairs allowing religious beliefs to be more private and personal …

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    1. I think about the original Christian Community so much.
      Sometimes I think that the unfortunate persecution of Christians, which we are unfortunately already seeing, will make us realize that ‘interdenominal bickering’ has weakened us all.

      This morning I read a post which implied that Catholics are ‘not Christians’.
      I wanted to reply to that post, but decided not to.

      I believe that uniting in faith is pleasing to our Lord. 🤗

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      1. I do agree that we need to respect different faiths.
        I have a close family member who is of another faith than I am, and yet we are able to be respectful of each other. 🌼

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      2. All the ways lead to Rome in one way or another…
        All beliefs are for divine connectivity but in different ways …
        Variety enriches life …

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  1. An excellent reminder Sally that we must always be aware of our unspoken witness. Too often we forget that folk are watching us either critically or with interest. Each day I pray that He will guide me to opportunities to serve Him and to share His Love with others, regardless of how I feel. Thank you for this post Sally, God bless you sister.

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  2. Exactly the point Christians all over the world should be known by their actions and doings, not only by their words. Sally thanks for reminding us that our words and actions must syc to be a witness for our doings.

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  3. Sally, I appreciate this post SO MUCH! Why? Because the way things are changing so quickly in our country and around the world scares me sometimes. How many times have I heard, “In the coming days…” and then people fill in the blanks with dismal predictions of further persecution or decreased freedoms?

    But–

    Your words bring hope and life: “In the coming days, all of us are going to have additional opportunities to serve the Lord.”

    Yes! Yes, the world is changing. Yes, we will suffer decreased freedoms. But, Praise the Lord!, he will provide us with additional opportunities even in these coming days to serve him, which is our honour and blessing.

    Thank you for encouraging my heart today. 🙂

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      1. To Althea, from Prison

        “To Althea, from Prison” is a poem written by Richard Lovelace in 1642. The poem is one of Lovelace’s best-known works, and its final stanza’s first line “Stone walls do not a prison make, Nor iron bars a cage” is often quoted.

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        To Althea, from Prison – Wikipedia

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    1. Yes, Mark, I agree. Canada is bilingual in French and English. Many original settlers to Quebec came from France.
      France, one of the ‘Older Sisters’ of the Catholic faith has been a secular nation since 1905. ⚘

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    2. Remember that secularism may not mean being an atheist but is a separation between religion and state while allowing you personal freedom of faith and beliefs . You can go to church in France and Britain or to Mosque or to a Buddhist temple to pray as long as you abide by the rules and regulations…
      The Western world is more liberal than the Middle Eastern countries where I live …

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  4. We need to work together in harmony to share our common faith – so true Sally. When time is spent in focusing on the differences between denominations and trying to emphasise that one denomination is better than the other, the whole opportunity of sharing Christ is missed.

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  5. I believed I had some insightful thoughts about your post, but all the other commenters said them.😌

    Thank you for providing this forum for so many to share their thoughts. You offerings often make me stop and think, and that’s a good thing.

    By the way, one of the finest Christians I know is catholic. I don’t think God does, denominations. One is either a child of His or he/she is not.

    May God’s continued blessings be upon you.

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  6. I knew that the next generation lacked knowledge of Scripture when I was a teacher. One day I said jokingly, “When I was your age – you know, back before the Flood – …” When a teacher of mine had said that years ago she got a few chuckles, but all I got was blank looks, as one kid said, “What flood?”

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  7. This seems quite wrong. It seems to me to spring from the feeling that it is not pc to frown upon another religion by simply stating our own. Our Christian churches remain locked most of the week. Mosques are visited several times a day

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  8. This is eye-opening, grandma Sally. May we not disappoint God.
    Thank you for reminding us that our lives can reveal God’s love. It is the best evangelistic tool.
    I am just beginning to realize that many in the West have not heard of Jesus.

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