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re-reflections on faith

On this snowy Sunday morning, I’m hiding out at home due to this adventure, enjoying the quiet.

On faith was the very first post I wrote for this site, but few of you were around to read it.  I thought I’d run it again.  Let me know what you think. 

Intrigued?  Some thoughtful women have started If Life Is a Highway  as a forum for faith discussion.  Also, Read the Spirit is an amazing resource “for readers who believe that diverse spiritual connections between people of faith build stronger communities.”  Check them out!

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On Faith

CandleToday, a few verses frame my thoughts on faith:

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”  Hebrews 11:1

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”  Luke 6:37

Speaking of faith always includes some risk.  Any comment draws up images, stereotypes, or personal history.   You might already be reacting to whatever you think I’m going to say.  Are you rolling your eyes, or leaning in close?  Bracing for a sermon?  Curious?  Relieved?  Thrilled?  Don’t know yet? 

I admit, I’m a bit nervous about including faith as a component of this forum.  I could skip the topic altogether.  But I’m craving an open, intelligent dialogue on faith issues wrapped up in our roles as women (and a few brave men).  I think it all blends together, and can’t be separated from life’s nitty gritty details.  And I’m hoping you might like to join me. 

I consider myself a moderate, passionate, humbled Christian who has a lot to learn.  Depending on the circle, you might think I’m a Bible-thumper, a bleeding heart liberal, or something in between.  The truth is, I don’t feel like I fit a religious stereotype, and I’m guessing many of you feel the same.  Still, my faith is a filter through which I view things, and it carries great meaning for me. 

At the same time, I respect others who view the world through different filters.  And I want to learn more.  I’ve grown tremendously from others whose faith traditions were far different from mine, and I believe the only way to build community is through sharing and understanding

I feel compelled to share and learn what has inspired, motivated, and moved people in minor and major ways.  For me, faith matters, and you’ll occasionally read my perspective.  I’ll also be asking for your input.  My hope is that this will be a respectful, welcoming, challenging, and thought-provoking place to discuss such matters. 

My mom’s group is reading a great book that models intimate, sometimes messy, interfaith dialogue: 

The Faith Club:  A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew–Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner.  I’ll post more about this soon.  ::Revised note: I actually did–an introduction here and a story here.::  Pick it up and we can journey together.

What about you?  What is your perspective on faith?  Want to join in the conversation?

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7 comments to re-reflections on faith

  • Funny thing, I was just telling another writer that I was a bit squeamish writing about faith issues back when I wrote a weekly Sunday newspaper column for our local paper. At the time, I had just started a women’s support group at my church, and was always coming up with these wonderful, soulful topics that I wanted to write about. But I worried that I would “turn off” my secular readership when I talked about issues of faith or my church life. I did get some snarky comments from a few readers (you can never please everyone, of course) but most people were cool with it.

    The nice thing about a blog is that you can pretty much write what you want, and for the following you want.

    Cindy L’s last blog post..How to get clear

  • I love how you say things. I find a kindred spirit connection to you, if that’s not too creepy. This is how I would open up my thoughts on faith. Exactly. So carefully because of stereotypes and I don’t fit the “usual” Christian mold. I’m known to be a bit too liberal for some fellow Christians. They don’t like that, but it’s who I am. I LOVE these conversations, as you know from the Highway blog (thank you for the linky love on that one :) And speaking of that, any time you’d like to join that conversation you are MORE than welcome (in comment form, or if you’d like to do a post here and there, we’d love to have you) Great post, lady!

    Heather of the EO’s last blog post..Project 365

  • Thanks for posting about faith. Faith plays a HUGE part in my life. That is why I am so optimistic because I know God and Jesus Christ are always there, no matter what. To me, faith is the light that never goes out. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
    Peace and Blessings…

    hope42day’s last blog post..Scripture Sunday

  • You said this SO well!! And, please, come comment on the Highway!

    MidnightCafe’s last blog post..A trip to the Embassy

  • pam

    @Cindy: I’m a little squeamish but drawn to open that door. It’s part of who I am. Thanks for your encouragement!
    @Heather and MidnightCafe: I love what you’re doing with the Highway, and yes, I’ve been there to comment and will definitely be back. Heather, I do feel that connection and don’t find it creepy whatsoever. Glad you do too–one sided might be creepy ;-)
    @Hope42day: Thanks for visiting. I’ve enjoyed your words on faith at your place.

  • Hi Pam,

    I appreciate and applaude your honesty and apprehension. I can relate to what you are saying in another season of my life. I felt like I lived in two worlds. Too ‘Christian’ for my secular friends and too ’secular’ for my Christian friends. I went to church reglarly, women’s bible studies, and I read every ’spiritual’ teacher under the sun. It didn’t help me discern saving faith, Truth, or quench my thirst for God. (I didn’t realize at the time that I was searching). What I did know is that I wanted passion for God — I wanted what I thought others had, focus, a solid faith foundation, and most importantly certainty about what I believed to be true.

    So what I did for quite some time, I prayed Psalm 42. Specifically, verse 1 —

    “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You,O God.”

    I prayed that I would have that same thirst to the point of panting.

    In this season of life, I can tell you that my prayer was mercifully answered. I truly love God’s Word — the simplicity and the complexity — but it never changes, it is not popular, it is counter-culture, and radical, yet consistent, dependable, and most importantly timeless Truth. It is my certainty.

    Pam, I commented on an earlier post of yours where you compared your life to different water images — you inspired me to write a series of posts about a woman who met Jesus by a well and she was never the same afterwards. If you visit (and I hope you do), they are called “The Divine Appointment” I am up to part 5 with a couple more to go :) Blessings, judy

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