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Faith 2

Faith is the daring of the soul
to go farther than it can see.

William Newton Clarke


Grant us a common faith that we shall know bread and peace--that we shall know justice and righteousness, freedom and security, an equal opportunity and an equal chance to do our best not only in our own lands, but throughout the world. And in that faith let us march toward the clean world our hands can make.        -Stephen Vincent Benet

Don't try to hold God's hand; let him hold yours.  Let him do the holding, and you do the trusting.       -Hammer William Webb-Peploe
When all our efforts have come to nothing, we naturally tend to doubt not just ourselves, but also whether God is just. At those moments, our only hope is to seek every evidence that God is just, by communing with the people we know who are strongest in faith.       -Bill Moyers
Faith can have a profound impact on health. It is a very personal experience of thought and surrender, which can comfort in every situation. Faith is free and available to all people at all times. It only requires that one fully embrace possibility, and the ultimate value is in the depth of the embrace.       -Patch Adams
Here's the thing about faith:  It gives us the strength to go on when we want to give in.  It gives us the courage to get up when we want to lie down.  It gives us the power to make a way out of no way when there ain't no way.  Just as love can't make you strong until love has made you weak, well, faith can't lift you up until life has knocked you down.  With faith or without it, we can't stop the waves.   But with it, we don't need to.  Because with it we can ride the surf.
-Patti LaBelle

Belief is a truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.        -Joseph Fort Newton
Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which humans do not destroy themselves, but continue to live on.  It is the force whereby we live.       -Lev Tolstoy
Faith is a friend by our side.  When we allow it in, faith acts as a floor beneath our feet.  When we make choices rooted in faith, we trust that there is a power, an unseen force, guiding us.  When we have faith, we know that we are being taken care of.  Faith gives us the ability to look beyond our immediate circumstances and imagine brave new choices for the future.  Faith means trusting in something beyond what we know.  Having faith that we are part of a bigger whole allows us to melt away our separateness.  Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.       -Debbie Ford
Faith is a living and unshakeable confidence, a belief in the grace of God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake.       -Martin Luther
To have faith where you cannot see; to be willing to work on in the dark; to be conscious of the fact that, so long as you strive for the best, there are better things on the way, this in itself is success.       -Katherine Logan
Reason is an action of the mind; knowledge is a possession of the mind; but faith is an attitude of the person.  It means you are prepared to stake yourself on something being so.        -Michael Ramsey
Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations.        -Joseph Addison
Faith is not an easy virtue; but, in the broad world of a person's total voyage  through time to eternity, faith is not only a gracious companion, but an essential guide.        -Theodore M. Hesburgh
The wise person in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.  It is the storm within which endangers us, not the storm without.        -Ralph Waldo Emerson
God is the hardest taskmaster I have known on this earth, and he tries you through and through.  And when you find that your faith is failing or your body is failing you, and you are sinking, he comes to your assistance somehow or other and proves to you that you must not lose your faith and that he is always at your beck and call, but on his terms, not on your terms.  So I have found.  I cannot really recall a single instance when, at the eleventh hour, he has forsaken me.        -Mohandas Gandhi
Faith is not only daring to believe, it is also daring to act.  When I believe in myself as a son of God, I attribute to all people the same quality. This goes for people of every class, creed and color. The proof that I believe this way will be measured by the way I act towards others. . . .To me God is all the goodness in the universe, available to me here and now, and it is up to me to help convert that goodness into action.  "God is love," but He is infinitely more than that. God is love, hope, courage, good will, peace--He is all the eternal, everlasting, indestructible values of ongoing creative life.  With God underneath my life I have the faith to build toward the stars.        -Wilferd A. Peterson
It's a sweet thing, faith.  With it, you can handle any circumstance, any crisis, because you know God always has your back.  And when God is for you, who can be against you?  Nobody.  As my Aunt Hattie says, "One and God are a majority."       -Patti LaBelle



All faith is experiment, and you cannot have the result of an experiment unless you make the experiment.
-William Temple
Sometimes we want things we were not meant to have.  Because he loves us, the Father says no.  Faith trusts that no.  Faith is willing not to have what God is not willing to give.  Furthermore, faith does not insist upon an explanation.  It is enough to know His promises to give what is good--he knows so much more about us than we do.       -Elisabeth Elliot
Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything.  It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, like a child, hand in hand with his or her mother.        -Charles de Foucauld
You call for faith:  I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists.  The more of doubt, the stronger faith, I say, If faith o'ercomes doubt.        -Robert Browning
Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.        -Nathaniel Hawthorne
What keeps our faith cheerful is the extreme persistence of gentleness and humor.  Gentleness is everywhere in daily life, a sign that faith rules through ordinary things:  through cooking and small talk, through storytelling, making love, fishing, tending animals and sweet corn and flowers, through sports, music, and books, raising kids--all the places where the gravy soaks in and grace shines through.  Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.  Lacking any other purpose in life, it would be good enough to live for their sake.       -Garrison Keillor
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.  It is not enough that a thing be possible for it to be believed.        -Voltaire
You know that if you get in the water and have nothing to hold on to, but try to behave as you would on dry land, you will drown.  But if, on the other hand, you trust yourself to the water and let go, you will float.  And this is exactly the situation of faith.       -Alan Watts

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