To continue a thought about faith …
from Madeleine L’Engle: Faith and religion are not the same thing. Although my faith may falter, it has to do with the constancy of God’s love. Religion, which is the expression of faith, may find different expressions appropriate in different times and places and to different people, and the variety of these expressions can enlarge our perceptions and deepen our faith.
From Emily Dickenson:
I NEVER saw a Moor–
I never saw the Sea–
Yet know I how the Heather looks
And what a Billow be.
I never spoke with God
Nor visited in Heaven–
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the Checks were given–
From Madeleine L’Engle again … If I have faith, it is because I have met faith, I have seen it in action. And this faith is never a vague, pie-in-the-sky kind of thing. Heaven is not good because life is bad; the quality of our lives while we live them is preparation for heaven.
With the disciples I cry … increase our faith … and I am reminded that it is not the size of our faith … Jesus spoke of the mustard seed … instead we must act in faith.