I am using a digital platform to affirm the value of "analog faith." The irony is not lost on me. But what is analog faith? And why would anyone pursue it?

 

Just as a digital signal can only approximate an analog wave, analog faith is rooted in authenticity. It is not artificial; it is real—even when real is messy. The imperfections don’t get Auto-Tuned. You can still hear the pop and hiss and crackle. Analog faith has dirt under its fingernails. It is face-to-face, flesh to flesh. It is pen to paper, paint to canvas, an image etched on film. Analog faith is a diamond needle in a vinyl groove.

 

Analog also means similar to. It is the root of words like analogy or analogous. St. Peter speaks of “those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.” Have you ever discovered that you share the same faith as another person? It is a powerful experience, beyond mere religious affiliation. It is something more primal: You worship the same Creator. You find salvation in the same Messiah. You seek the same Spirit’s counsel.

 

Of course, when I find someone who has a faith like mine, I often find myself wishing I had a faith like theirs. I am encouraged by their relationship with the Father. Their faith strengthens my own. And that is my goal for this project. To share Scripture, poems, prayers, meditations, songs, images—and perhaps even the occasional recipe—in order to strengthen and encourage. Thank you for joining me on the journey.

—David