What has strengthened your #faith during these trying times? We asked — now here’s a sample of what you had to say:
One way I hold my faith is by remembering that faith and hope are what humans have always held onto to keep them alive. I am one of infinite human beings who have taken this journey into being human. Ancestors upon ancestors have said that faith is what keeps a person confidently and assuredly stepping into an unknowable and unseeable future, one breath at a time, each with its own expression, guided by the emotion and experience of the breather…
We do not know what good this pandemic will bring, but I feel from looking at past diseases that good will come. New cures and treatments will be discovered, like in the past with the polio vaccine, like penicillin and other antibiotics, like all the discoveries that have led to modern medical treatments, including the implants for my hip replacements. New economies and economic means will also come. We must hold faith when we are blinded by unfathomable circumstances. Faith is the flashlight that carries us forward into the dark place and helps us see little by little how to proceed. —Bobbi Rudin
As I reflect on these difficult times, what I find that most strengthens my faith is not what Is found on the news or the countless ways to connect through the use of technology, but the real connection of people found outside of their homes engaged in conversation whether they are sitting on their front porch or walking around the neighborhood to get some much needed fresh air and sunshine. Somehow being present on this physical earth and not being distracted by the demands of our money driven society has forced us to take a look around and appreciate what really matters. While we head into Holy Week and continue to live each day fearless and hopeful may all of our thoughts and prayers hold those that may fall. —Kathy McMurray
I was sitting on my couch, composing a text. My beautiful orange kitten (whose name is Nala) looked at me, then ran toward me and jumped up onto the couch with me. What was weird is just as I was typing a word of my message, a word that I honestly do not remember, but had the letter “a” in it, autocorrect deciphered it as “Nala” the second before she leapt onto the couch. It was really surreal. But it made me certain that there is a God and that maybe life IS but a dream. —Robin Bensinger
During this time, I reviewed the miracles of Jesus. He healed the sick, walked on water, changed water into wine, calmed the seas and the wind, and multiplied the loaves and fishes. No matter what your religion in life… Jesus showed us that through him, we can overcome diseases or viruses, create abundance of food from the thought of scarcity and work with Mother Nature during times of stress. It gives me great comfort and not accidental that He showed us those specific examples of the power of God. —Pam Pech
My dog. She never complains. Doesn’t insult-disparage-or boost herself up. She lives for a day of sunshine, but is completely content with the rain. She makes me smile, and teaches me to be better, to ALL, (except maybe squirrels ????). Honestly, she’s my bodhisattva. —Brian Willoughby
Today I saw a butterfly her blue speckled wings glistened in the sunlight the magic of her metamorphosis danced around in the winds.
She flew over the sagebrush and landed on red sandy soil resting awhile opening and closing her wings a silent rhythmic drumbeat sending wave after wave of the knowledge she holds about naturally transforming choosing to grow and heading into the mystery in the passionate pursuit of becoming despite those who would say it’s an impossible dream.
I stood with Butterfly on the sunny hillside until she lifted into the air to fly with graceful ease as if she’d always had wings weaving her way around prickly pear cactus and drifting among the piñon pines.
Not very long ago she had a pillowy oblong body with rows of tiny sticky feet she feasted on leaves flourishing in the beauty of being Caterpillar all the while preparing for the changes to come.
There came a day when she found a sheltering place because it was time according to her inner knowing and the lineage of her species and the seasons and cycles of the earth and the stars.
She created a sacred space for change-making.
Her heart and her spirit the very purpose of her existence were beckoning guiding her steadying her passage through the dissolving of what had been and the creation of her new form and the emergence from the chrysalis under her own power when everything in her knew it was time to warm her wings in the sun and take flight.
Today I am following the path of the butterfly together we can join the dance of the butterflies passionately pursuing the becoming of all we are here to be creating sacred space for transformation sheltering dissolving dismantling what has been honoring the mystery exploring unknown terrain knitting fibers of connection shaping new forms reweaving the web of life within us, between us, and all around.
When it is time according to our inner knowing our ancestors and lineages and the wisdom living in the earth and the stars we’ll open the doorway step through the threshold warm our wings in the sun and fly into the magic of our own metamorphosis into a beautiful, loving world beyond our wildest dreams.