Tuesday, 25 February 2014
Thoughts on faith . . .
When our lives are overcast
with trouble and with care
Give us faith to look beyond
the dark clouds of despair.
~Helen Steiner Rice
I am not going to do my usual daybook entry this morning as we are going to the Temple today and I won't have time to do it. It does take a lot of time. This is the poem that was in my Daily Inspiration book this morning, so I thought I would talk briefly about that.
I have a daily book of Inspiration from the poetry of Helen Steiner Rice and each morning there is a verse of her poetry and then a question to go with it. Today's question was . . .
When was your faith last stretched?
I think my faith gets stretched almost every day. Faith is not a dead thing, it is living and breathing and it is always growing, stretching . . . morphing into something bigger and better I hope! It starts off as a tiny little seed at first, and then . . . every time you exercise it and stretch it . . . just like a muscle, it grows.
And . . . like most exercise, there are times when it's not very pleasant. I am not a person that loves exercise and it shows. Tough times . . . they give our faith the most exercise of all. We all have them. There is nobody who is exempt from them. Faith is what helps us to get through them. Grace. It's not the light at the end of the tunnel. It's the light that helps to get us through the tunnel.
My faith gets exercised every day. That helps to keep it in good shape, so that when I really need it, it will stand me in good stead. How about you?
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
“Walk with me for a while, my friend . . .
you in my shoes, I in yours . . .
and then let us talk.”
~Richelle E. Goodrich
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . a Simply Tasty Tomato Soup. A bit of a cheat, but so very delicious.
Have a great Tuesday!