Faith says: Life is good- worth living fully with open eyes, mind and heart- even if things don’t get “better,” even if what I believe will create desired change does not appear to do so.
In the last couple of years, as I sat still, I came to the place of no-hope, of not knowing what to hope for, and of not finding energy available for hoping. I also found many of my beliefs shattered as I did all the things I believe “work” only to find myself increasingly ill. But the great gift of no hope and shattered beliefs is the discovery of faith. I have to admit, there have been moments of desolation when finding that faith remained truly surprised me. And in discovering faith there is great joy and a sense of deep peace.
And all of this reminds me of one of my favorite pieces of poetry:
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
for love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be light, and the stillness dancing.
T.S. Eliot from East Coker (No. 2 of ‘Four Quartets’)
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