For a friend who is struggling with faith…

Those who believe they believe in God but without passion in the heart, without anguish of mind, without uncertainty, without doubt, and even at times without despair, believe only in the idea of God, and not in God himself.

– Madeleine L’Engle

Thousand Red Birds

We clutch our tiny bits of faith in tight fists
shoved firmly in our pockets.
We clutch it suspiciously, so unwilling to let it go
we don’t want to lose it.
We clutch it fearing that once it is spent,
we will be without hope,
cast adrift, out of luck.
Help us loosen our grip.
Help us to pull our hands out of our pockets.
Help us to uncurl our fingers stiffened over time.
to grow,
to shimmer,
to pulse,
to explode into the air
like a thousand red birds.

— Phil Porter

Trusting the Catcher

Trust is the basis of life. Without trust, no human being can live.
Trapeze artists offer a beautiful image of this. Flyers have to trust
their catchers. They can do the most spectacular doubles, triples, or
quadruples, but what finally makes their performance spectacular are
the catchers who are there for them at the right time in the right place.

Much of our lives is flying. It is wonderful to fly in the air free as
a bird, but when God isn’t there to catch us, all our flying comes to
nothing. Let’s trust in the Great Catcher.

by Henri Nouwen; from Bread for the Journey

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