Pondering my faith low these many weeks during my travels, this came to me as advice to a dear friend who is struggling with her faith. With two small additions since sending it to her, I thought it could apply to me, to you, to all of us, and so I share it with you:
Merry Christmas to you! And a very happy new year! There will be challenges for sure, but you will rise above them and you will prosper!
Think of the great journey that lies ahead as one that leads to all good things. Continue to embrace your faith and faith will embrace you. When you cannot not carry it, you will find that it carries you. At first, you will be a student, and then, you will be a teacher. At first, you will teach, and one day you will become a master in the pattern of the Master.
Let go of the endeavors that are not working. In so doing, you will make room for the wondrous miracles to come. In the broadest sense, this is the leap of faith. Before you can refine the gold, you must first dig it out of the earth—nugget by nugget— and the rock that surrounds it. An arduous job for sure, but one you must undertake. The fear you have known is not God’s gift. This is God’s gift:
Isaiah 9:6 (Kings James Version)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
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