This I Believe

Annetta - Marion, Illinois
Entered on April 4, 2007
Age Group: 30 - 50

I believe in Fatih. My grandmother was an ordained minister and the basis of her belief was faith. She ended each sermon with an orginial saying, “May I contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints.” I never really understood what she meant by this until I reached adulthood and faith began to play a huge role in my life. I had to have faith my fianacial aid would come through to enable me to finish college, my 1970 Ford Maverick would start, my boyfriend was being faithful, my child support check would come on time and the list goes on. I really had to have this faith in 1988 after I had my last child, a son. His father denied him and I was left to raise him alone. Then when he was six months old, I developed 4 inch cyst on the back of my lungs. It got so big, I was unable to hold my son without intense pain. My fear had came true, I thought it was cancer and my son would also lose his mother. My grandmother called me, being unable to travel, due to her advanced age. She prayed for me right over the phone. She said, Child, live for God and may you contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints.” It was a time when my faith was stretched to the breaking point, I felt as if God had forgotten my address, even my mere existence. But Faith brought me thorugh, it turned out to be a pocket of infection which two courses of anitboitics cured. I truly believe it was faith that got me through this difficult time. I will always remember her sermon closing “May I contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints. Just saying that statement, remembering her saying it often times renewed my faith in some of the darkest times in my life. Grandmother died in February 2000. We had to have two funerals for her to accommadate the mourners. When one female evanglist spoke at her second funeral, she talked of the impact my grandmother had on her life and how she learned “To contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the Saints. I still had dark times, but just contending for the “Faith that was once delivered unto the Saints” enables me to believe in Faith. This is believe.