Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving. Frederick Buechner
Doubt is not the opposite of faith. Doubt is something that keeps us asking questions. It makes us grow. The trouble is that doubt can be uncomfortable. Growth can be painful. Don’t be afraid to question but when you do know that the answers may change you.
Prayer: Infinite God, give us the courage to ask the hard questions and the wisdom to know the answers may not come in our lifetime. Help us to continue to grow in faith and knowledge of you. AMEN
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ——-Helen Keller
We always want life to be easy. Sometimes it is….sometimes not. The struggles that we encounter help us to grow. We learn from them. We would be less than we are without them. Some of the most famous poets, writers and artists drew inspiration from their struggles. Helen Keller is a good example.
Just remember… no matter what God is with us.
Ever present God, we thank you for your promise to be with us through our trials. AMEN
Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.
When you read the Bible you discover that the stories are about problems. If there is no trial there is no story. We all suffer pain of some kind. Life is not free of pain but if we are careful we can learn from the pain and use it to help someone else. Each person’s story in the Bible is there for a reason…so that we can learn from it. We can also learn from our own stories and those around us.
Loving God, you can us many stories in the Bible to learn from. Help us learn from our own and the ones we hear each day. AMEN
My soul is a broken field, plowed by pain. ————Sara Teasdale
This may sound depressing. The thought that my soul is in this state. But think about that field. It is plowed by God and ready for planting. It is rich soil and can produce food to eat or flowers for beauty. It is ready to receive the seed that God will plant.
Creative God, we wait for the seed… your gift to bring our soul, not only to fruition but also, to joy. AMEN
If I can stop one heart from breaking
I shall not live in vain
If I can ease one Life the Aching
Or cool one in pain
Or help one fainting Robin
Unto his Nest again,
I shall not live in Vain.
We often wonder “why are we here?” What is the point of this life? I think that this poem tells us why. We are here to love God’s world and everything in it.
Miraculous God, help us to cherish everything in this world. AMEN
We must continue to learn and grow each day. We ourselves change each day so if we read a Bible passage tomorrow it may have an insight it didn’t have yesterday. We can never stop growing. God expects us to use the mind he gave us.
Gentle God, you have given us ways to learn and grow. Remind us to use them. AMEN