Eleven months ago I wrote about things we were leaving behind in 2012. At the time, I was hanging onto this plaque in my dining room "as a reminder of what 'living by faith' was like".
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see.
Well, it has served its purpose. As I passed it every night after supper, the message sounded stranger all the time. Sure of what we hope for? What exactly does that mean? Is it like knowing what you are getting for Christmas? Can you still hope for what you know?
A few weeks ago, I took the plaque down for good.
I am not sure of many things. I am often uncertain. Sometimes I encounter people of "faith" who are sure and certain. But these days, I am much more into hope.
HOPE: (n) the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen
Instead of telling myself "I believe" and waiting for miracles, I now use my energy to transform my own hopes into my own reality. Rather than trusting an invisible someone to know what is best for me, I am trying to determine what I really want from life, and what I am willing to invest to get it.
"So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change..."