Faith makes us bigger than our problems

There’s a saying that ‘the beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of faith is the end of anxiety. One Easter during the Napoleonic Wars the French General Massena with eighteen thousand soldiers laid siege to an Austrian town. The town council agreed they had no choice but to surrender. But the old dean of the cathedral begged them to hold Easter services as usual and to leave the trouble in God’s hands. They followed his advice and the dean had the cathedral bells rung to announce the Easter service. The French army, hearing the church bells concluded that the Austrian army had arrived to rescue the town. They broke camp, and before the bells had ceased ringing, went their way. Life doesn’t always present such easy answers, but faith always makes us bigger than the problem.

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