Published 2-7-11 - The Religion Network publishes every Monday
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Ellen Sanna, Helen Keller, Dan Hamrick, Blaise Pascal,
Huston Smith, Wayne Teasdale, Margaret Witter Fuller
Skeptics like to scoff at faith. But then they get in their cars
and drive around in utter faith that a small, red light will
cause other drivers to stop so they can safely pass through
an intersection. We all utilize faith in our daily lives.
Faith in a Higher Power allows us to pass through life's
many intersections. More than a small, red light, faith
is the steady glow guiding us in the dark; faith is the
blazing Love that fills our hearts with light.
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Your heart is beating with God's love;
open it to others. He has entrusted you
with gifts and talents; use them for His
service. He goes before you each step
of the way; walk in faith. Take courage.
Step out into the unknown with
the One who knows all.
Dark as my path may seem to others, I carry a magic light in
my heart. Faith, the spiritual strong searchlight, illumines the
way, and although sinister doubts lurk in the shadow, I
walk unafraid toward the enchanted wood where the
foliage is always green, where joy abides...
in the presence of the Lord.
Helen Keller (1880-1968)
Blind, deaf & dumb American author, lecturer
What is faith? We must know first what it is not. It is not a belief by itself.
It is not a hope by itself. It is not a collection of thought. It is not reason.
It is not a set of facts. But it yet may be a part of all of these.
Faith is, in a way, the beginning of the beams of the rainbow. We see
the rainbow and, therefore, it is. We choose faith and, therefore, it is.
We choose faith and, therefore, we possess it. Faith combines both hope
and belief. It is at the light at the end of the tunnel, but it is the conviction
that there will be a light at the end of the tunnel…
…If faith has an enemy, his name is Doubt. When faith appears,
doubt disappears. Doubt flees from faith; and faith from doubt
It is up to to each of us which we would choose
to accompany us, faith or doubt...
Excerpted from the essay, "Faith,"
by Dan Hamrick
Former AP Topeka bureau chief & newspaper editor
In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe
and enough shadows to blind those who don't.
Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
French mathematician, physicist, inventor, philosophy
A vital faith is more like an organism or a work of art
than it is like a cafeteria tray.
Religious studies scholar
...A faith that really means something in a person's life,
a faith that nourishes and inspires, that is a source of insight,
strength, encouragement, and guidance, needs to be cultivated,
protected, never taken for granted. Such a faith doesn't happen
without sufficient effort and commitment. In this sense, it is similar
to a living being. Insofar as we cultivated out faith and permit it to
be the center of our lives and the animating core of our being
and value, it becomes, as Smith says, "a work of art."
Excerpted from "The Mystic Hours,"
by Wayne Teasdale
New World Library, 2004
The Last Word:
Hope floods my heart with delight!
Running on air; mad with life,
Upward I mount -- faith is sight,
life is feeling,
Hope is the day - star of might!
Margaret Witter Fuller (1872-1954)
Prolific American writer
Utterly Random Bonus Quote:
When a camel is at the foot of a mountain,
then judge his height.
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