This is a creed written around 1980 by a group of East German high school students who, in the face of Communist oppression, dared to assert their individualism and their faith in a God who loves them precisely for who they are. As pastor of Holy Redeemer Reformed Catholic Church, I often use this creed in the Mass, as an alternative to the Nicene Creed.
I believe in God.
By this I mean I believe I am wanted.
I know therefore that I shall be used for the many small steps
of the great love of God.
I am of value.
I therefore have courage to allow myself to be used.
I believe in Jesus.
By this I mean I believe I am loved.
I know, therefore, I shall not be discarded or cast off, but preserved–
in sorrow and pain, in weakness and failure, in disaster and death,
I shall not perish.
I am irreplaceable.
I therefore have courage to live and love to the utmost.
I believe in the Spirit.
By this I mean no one can shake my faith.
For I know that Jesus is close to me and I am close to him.
His victory even in and through death is my victory, too.
I am indestructible.
I therefore have courage to renew my faith over and over again.