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Quotes for
the Journey:

Faith



  
Faith is not belief without proof,
but trust without reservation.


Elton Trueblood

   

When you are open to receive what God is able to do for you, you stop doing.  You learn how to “Be still and know!”  You know that your good is on the way, according to God’s nature and willingness to give.  You also put your faith in the fact that God is always on time.       -Iyanla Vanzant

   

The light of faith confers upon us undreamed-of enhancement of our vision, an extension of our understanding, and enrichment of our natural powers beyond the powers of words to convey.       -Rosalind Murray

   

Yes, I have doubted.  I have wandered off the path.  I have been lost.  But I always returned.  It is beyond the logic I seek.  It is intuitive--an intrinsic, built-in sense of direction.  I seem to find my way home.  My faith has wavered but has saved me.        -Helen Hayes

   
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.       -Jesus of Nazareth
   
Faith is so rare--and religion so common--because no one wants to live between first base and second base.  Faith is the in-between space where you're not sure you'll make it to second base.  You've let go of one thing and haven't yet latched into another.  Most of us choose the security of first base.       -Richard Rohr
    

Prayer is asking for rain and faith is carrying the umbrella.       -Barbara Johnson

  
Faith is the centerpiece of a connected life.  It allows us to live by the grace of invisible strands.  It is a belief in a wisdom superior to our own.  Faith becomes a teacher in the absence of fact.       -Terry Tempest Williams
   
A very real barrier to faith is this feeling of self-sufficiency, this unrealistic idea that one can accomplish everything by his or her own self.  Some people have the conviction they must do it all alone.  They have no faith in others. . . they are convinced that there is no one able to do the job as well as themselves.  They refuse to admit that they may need the help of friends, doctor, minister, or even God.       -Norman Vincent Peale
    
If it can be verified, we don't need faith. . . . Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason. Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.       -Madeleine L'Engle
   

It need not discourage us if we are full of doubts.  Healthy questions keep faith dynamic. In fact, unless we start with doubts we cannot have a deep-rooted faith.  One who believes lightly and unthinkingly has not much of a belief. One who has a faith which is not to be shaken has won it through blood and tears--has worked his or her way from doubt to truth as one who reaches a clearing through a thicket of brambles and thorns.        -Helen Keller

    
Life is not a level, smooth path, but rather a series of hills and valleys.  There are times spent on the mountain top, when everything seems clear and perfect.  Then there are those times when we feel like we’re wandering around in a dark cavern, feeling our way along and trusting God for every step of faith.  Runners get a “second wind” after forcing themselves to go on when they feel they can’t.  We feel the joy of God’s Spirit lift us up and carry us on when we choose to continue in faith, no matter how we feel or what’s going on around us.  Take a moment and set your heart to be persistent in faith—faith in God to lead you, pick you up when you have fallen, give you strength to go on, and ultimately bring you to victory.        -Unattributed
   

Faith is a process of leaping into the
abyss not on the basis of any certainty
about where we shall land, but rather
on the belief that we shall land.

Carter Heyward

Faith given back to us after a night of
doubt is a stronger thing, and far
more valuable to us than faith
that has never been tested.

Elizabeth Goudge

    

Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.       -St. Augustine

   

Pippa's Song

The year's at the spring
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn;
God's in his heaven--
All's right with the world.

Robert Browning

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The most important element in human life is faith; if God were to take away all his blessings--health, physical fitness, wealth, intelligence--and leave me with but one gift I would ask him for faith.  For with faith in him and his goodness, mercy and love for me, and belief in everlasting life, I believe I could suffer the loss of all my other gifts and still be happy.        -Rose Kennedy

   
The best definition of faith that I know is that it is reason grown courageous.  Moreover, that is all that Christ ever asked us for, and the reason that he asked us for that was because he wants to use us.  He needs our help.  It is almost impossible to believe it, but God Almighty wants our help, so Christ tells us.  Theoretically or mathematically this is unintelligible, that God should want human help.  But this is the bottom of all Christ's teaching.  The faith he asks for is not to understand him but to follow him.  By that and that alone can people convert the tragedy of human life, full of disappointments, disillusionments, and with so-called death ever looming ahead, into the most glorious field of honor, worthy of the dignity of a son of God.  What Christ asks is that we shall try it out.  He actually dares us to follow him.  In that way, he says, you shall win that prize in life, for which any man can with perfect reason afford to give everything else.       -Wilfred T. Grenfell
   

Faith marches at the head of the army of progress. --It is found beside the most refined life, the freest government, the profoundest philosophy, the noblest poetry, the purest humanity.       -Theodore T. Munger

        

   
I have done much reporting in what might be termed the religious field.  I have interviewed dozens of people--maybe hundreds--asking questions about their beliefs.  Some impressed me more than others, but it is impossible to avoid the conclusion that the gift of faith (and I think it is a gift) is the most valuable one of all.  People who have it are stronger--and kinder--and more unselfish--and happier.  It's as simple (and as mysterious) as that.        -Arthur Gordon
   
My reason nourishes my faith and my faith my reason.        -Norman Cousins
   
It often seems easier not to move on; even the muck and mire in which we're stuck seems less fearful and less challenging than the unknown path ahead.  Some people use faith as a reason to remain stuck.  They often say, "I have faith, so I'm waiting."  But faith is not complacent; faith is action.  You don't have faith and wait.  When you have faith, you move.  Complacency actually shows lack of faith.  When it's time to move in a new direction in order to progress, the right people will come to us.       -Betty Eadie
   
Life without faith in something is too narrow a space in which to live.       -George Lancaster Spalding
   
You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.        -Samuel Butler
   
I think it is impossible to explain faith.  It is like trying to explain air, which one cannot do by dividing it into its component parts and labeling them scientifically.  It must be breathed to be understood.        -Patrick White
   

    
All the scholastic scaffolding falls, as a ruined edifice, before a single word: faith.       -Napoleon Bonaparte
   
If we were logical, the future would be bleak indeed.  But we are more than logical. We are human beings, and we have faith, and we have hope.       -Jacques Cousteau
   
Religious faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life.  It is, instead, an inner spiritual strength which enables them to face those storms with hope and serenity.  Religious faith has the miraculous power to lift ordinary human beings to greatness in seasons of stress.       -Sam J. Ervin, Jr.
   
I never saw a moor;
I never saw the sea;
Yet know I how the heather looks,
And what a wave must be.
I never spoke with God,
Nor visited in heaven;
Yet certain am I of the spot
As if the chart were given.

Emily Dickinson
   
The road to glory is difficult with its rocks and boulders, its strain and struggle.  Things aren’t always as easy as we would like.  Surprises and pitfalls wait for us along the road of life.  We’re going to sweat and sway, we’re going to wonder why things are the way they are.  But every road has an end; every mountain has its peak.  If we can just hold on and keep climbing, knowing that God is aware of how we’re straining, he will bring us up and over the mountains.       -Thelma Wells
   
I've found that the people I most admire in this world are people of great religious faith--people who recognize not only the existence of God, but also the goodness and the Love and the caring of God. These people walk in peace, and I find that their lives aren't at all troubled by the things that go on around them--they deal with those things, and they deal with them effectively, not spending time worrying "Why is this happening to poor me?"

I must admit that my faith is often of the shaky kind, but as time goes on and I learn more from these role models, I grow to learn that my faith is what I make it. If I have faith that God will provide, then I'll find ways to keep on, no matter what the circumstances. If I don't have faith in God, then my faith must ultimately fall in people, and I know from experience that that kind of faith will fall short as people let us down time and time again. People have let me down; God never has. I see this fact far too often in retrospect, but I'm working at seeing it all day, every day. I know that working at developing my faith is work that will develop my life in a way that will make it beautiful and fulfilling.

I've learned of a few things that faith is NOT:  faith is not dogma, believing that there is only one way to do things, and that's MY way.  Faith is not memorizing the Bible or the Talmud or the Koran and spouting off passages to impress others and to keep from having to think for ourselves.  Faith is not going to church every week and ignoring the message the other 6 and 23/24 days of the week.

Faith is a calm knowledge that things will be okay, because we were created to be just who we are, and no matter how bad things seem, they will work out--and the faithful person knows that they may take a bit longer to work out than we want them to. Faith is knowing that we are loved, just as we are, and that we are worth loving, just as we are.  That's hard for me to accept sometimes, but I know in my heart that it's true, and God gave us hearts so that we could know such things.

Tom Walsh

   
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it.       -Henry Emerson Fosdick
   
You do build in darkness if you have faith.  When the light returns you have made of yourself a fortress which is impregnable to certain kinds of trouble; you may even find yourself needed and sought by others as a beacon in their dark.        -Olga Rosmanith
   
Doubts are the messengers of the Living One to the honest.  They are the first knock at our door of things that are not yet, but have to be, understood. . . . Doubts must precede every deeper assurance; for uncertainties are what we first see when we look into a region hitherto unknown, unexplored, unannexed.      -George MacDonald
  
Faith and daily life, faith and work--these are not separate things.  They are one and the same.  To think of them as separate--that faith is faith, and work is work--is theoretical faith.  Based on the recognition that work and faith are one and the same, we should put 100 percent of our energy into our jobs and 100 percent into our faith, too.  When we resolve to do this, we enter the path of victory in life.  Faith means to show irrefutable proof of victory amid the realities of society and in our own daily lives.    -Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhism Day by Day
    
Believing is a daring adventure into the unseen, it is a radiant faith in the unexplored, the undiscovered, the miracles of the future. . .  There is magic in the art of believing!  Believe!  Engrave these words of the Master in your memory:  “All things are possible to those who believe.”  Believe!  Believe in the limitless supply of God’s goodness.  The universe is filled with more wonders than you can imagine.       -Wilferd A. Peterson
  
When we plant a seed, we don't keep digging up the soil to see if it's growing.       -Susan Santucci

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Faith is the gift of God and God will give it to those who ask for it.  You cannot argue or coax or reason or intellectualize and get faith.  It is not something you learn.  Your teacher is simply a spiritual farmer who prepares the soil for the seed which God drops into the fertile soil.  Faith in God enlarges our perspective.  It gives us an awareness that there is more to life than the basic material one.  There is an invisible but real life which infuses us with an indescribable peace of mind.  One reason why more people do not receive this gift is because of pride.  How can we know God if we think we already know everything and are filled with ourselves?        -Esther Carls Dodgen
   
Faith is nothing at all tangible. . . . It is simply believing in God; and like sight, it is nothing apart from its object.  You might as well shut your eyes and look inside, to see whether you have sight, as to look inside to discover whether you have faith.        -Hannah Whitall Smith
  
Faith is not something that is passive.  Our faith requires a commitment from us.  If thoughts of lack come to mind, we counteract such negativity by counting our blessings and giving thanks for the abundance of good things we have.  The ability of our bodies to heal is enhanced by our affirmations of life, which stimulate a positive response from the life within our very cells.       -unattributed
   
Why should we be willing to go by faith?  We do all things in this world by faith in the word of others.  By faith only we know our position in the world, our circumstances, our rights and privileges, our fortunes, our parents, our brothers and sisters, our age, our mortality.  Why should Religion be an exception?        -John Henry Newman
   
I prefer to think of faith, as Coleridge says of poetry, not as the taking up of belief but as "the willing suspension of disbelief". . . a willingness to be open, to explore, to investigate.        -Sharon Salzberg
   

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We must here make a clear distinction between belief and faith, because, in general practice, belief has come to mean a state of mind which is almost the opposite of faith.  Belief, as I use the word here, is the insistence that the truth is what one would “lief” or wish it to be.  The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes.  Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be.  Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown.  Belief clings, but faith lets go.  In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science, and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception.
     Most of us believe in order to feel secure, in order to make our individual lives seem valuable and meaningful.  Belief has thus become an attempt to hang on to life, to grasp and keep it for one’s own.  But you cannot understand life and its mysteries as long as you try to grasp it.  Indeed, you cannot grasp it, just as you cannot walk off with a river in a bucket.  If you try to capture running water in a bucket, it is clear that you do not understand it and that you will always be disappointed, for in the bucket the water does not run.  To “have” running water you must let go of it and let it run.  The same is true of life and of God.     -Alan Watts, The Wisdom of Insecurity
   

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