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I believe ???

posted 19 Sep 2012, 12:56 by Dean Fostekew
While on retreat in July at the Scottish Episcopal Church's retreat centre on the Isle of Cumbrae, I found a prayer card with the following on it:

I believe in the sun
even when it is not shining.
I believe in love,
even when I do not feel it.
I believe in God,
even when he is silent.

They are strong words and even more so when no knows that they were found scrawled on a cellar wall in Cologne during the bombing in World War II. Finding things to believe in I think helps one make sense of life even if one does have as many questions about what one actually believes in. We know the sun exists because we can fell its heat and see in its light. We know about love from its presence and its absence but how do we know about God? I don't think one can ever truly know all about God. We can, I think,  get glimpses of what we mean by God when we study the ways and words of Jesus and by reflecting upon our own lives and experiences. This for me means more questions rather than answers but then I find that exciting, as it implies that there is always more to know - life-long learning about life and God. At the Good Shepherd in Edinburgh's leafy Murrayfield we like to asks questions and  give each other the space to ask them. Debating the questions leads to some stimulating conversations. So 'I believe in God' is for many of us always followed by the words 'what do you mean by the word God?'