There is quite a big brouhaha surrounding the stalled infrastructure bill. While trying to wrap my head around the bill's contents, my mind started to wander, and the term "spiritual infrastructure" popped up.
Weak foundations of buildings, tunnels, bridges, dams, etc., present a substantial risk of catastrophic collapse. If our faith foundation is weak, it too will collapse, destroying our moral compass. Maintaining a close relationship with God is the concrete and rebar of our spiritual life.
If roads remain in disrepair, the cracks and potholes will continue to expand - impeding fluid movement from one point to the other or, worse yet, causing us to disappear into a dark abyss. If we fail to acknowledge the cracks and potholes (sin) in our lives and refrain from asking for His forgiveness and mercy, our joyful path will be fraught with continuous detours of hopelessness and despair.
Matthew 7:24-25 says it best: "Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock."
Especially in these disquieting and uncertain times, maintenance of our spiritual infrastructure is imperative. It will help us remain grounded, focused, and free from fear – knowing God, with his infinite love and mercy, will watch over us, no matter what.