Learning Faith

Do you ever find yourself asking why something happened? I wonder why it is that we have such a need to figure things out, instead of simply accepting them.

I do happen to believe that everything happens for a reason. However, I am also learning that things happen in “God’s time,” and not mine.

It is interesting to look back upon one’s life. Often, looking backwards from the present day helps to put things in perspective. If I had never worked _____, I would never have been open to _____ some years later. If I had never met one particular person, my life might never have taken the path it is on right now. And yet, we seem to feel compelled to figure out the reason for every little thing that happens to shift our course. We want answers. Sometimes there are connections and answers to help us make it through life’s daily struggles. Other times there appear to be no explanations.

Did you ever have a “feeling” that you just had to do something, and then did it? But then what? That is where I often come up short. I begin second guessing my decisions. I wonder if I have really “heard” correctly? I wonder if I will get confirmation that I did the right thing? Recently I heard someone say that faith is just doing it. Oh, but that is hard!

I’m thinking, though, that there is a second part to that. Not only is faith believing it, and doing it. I believe it is also being thankful for whatever comes our way. When we are blessed and when we give thanks, we experience peace and healing that is beyond our understanding. Go ahead…give it a try. Feel it, hear it, act on it, and then give thanks. You will be glad you did!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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