Christmas always makes me a little nostolgic about my faith.   I think it's becasue you see the wonderment of child like faith and Christmas also tends to bring out the best of people's giving spirit.   I have been thinking a lot about a few of my favorite lines about faith.  

"Virginia, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except what they see.  They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds.  All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little.   In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.  Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world........You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding."

 "God dwells within you...as you.  God's not interested in watching a performance of how a spiritual person looks and behaves. The quiet girl who glides silently through the place with a gentle, ethereal smile...who is that person? It's Ingrid Bergman in "The Bells of St. Mary's" – not me. God dwells within me...as me."

As an adult having Faith and being Spiritual is hard.   It isn't as easy as when you were a child and things fit so nice into a little packages.   Faith is confusing.   Faith tests your reason and your logic as an adult.   But every time I go back.  Far back... to when my Mamaw was alive.   To something that was her mantra.   "I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  Thank you Mamaw for helping me keep my faith.  
 


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Tommy Warmcockels
12/09/2011 14:51

I love you in spite of your faith, but also because of it. It makes you who you are. And if there ever were anyone who could possibly, through their actions and deeds alone, make me re-examine my atheism, it would be you, my dear (but I won't ;) ) You represent all that is good about religion and spirituality and faith. Even though I wish you would experience enlightenment and come over to my side, the side of reason and logic, I would never try to drag you over here. I love you. Merry Christmas.

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