27. Faith

What then we have to do, if we would follow the pure Gospel, is to lead quiet lives, refresh the spirit of joy within us by feeding our eyes and minds with the beautiful sounds and sights of nature, the birds’ song, the opening faces of flowers, the spring woods, the winter sunset; we must enter simply and freely into the life about us, not seeking to take a lead, to impress our views, to emphasise our own subjects; we must not get absorbed in toil or business, and still less in plans and intrigues; we must not protest against these things, but simply not care for them; we must not be burdensome to others in any way; we must not be shocked or offended or disgusted, but tolerate, forgive, welcome, share. We must treat life in an eager, light-hearted way, not ruefully or drearily or solemnly.

 

  — Benson, Joyous Gard, Faith

 

 

Confidence, reliance, and trust – these are the defining ideas of faith. But let me ask you, where do you find such confidence and reliance? In what do you trust?

 

The newspapers read mostly of broken promises and of trust compromised. I mean if you relied solely on the AP newswire, you would think the world is a totally unreliable and scary place- a chaos where there is no sureness.

 

I consider faith to be the real cornerstone of happiness. I think that we need a foundation of trust to feel confident about the future. And it is such a spirit of faith that makes happiness possible. But how is it that we who desire happiness learn to be more faithful and trusting? I believe that such an abiding faith is wrought by the habits that Benson speaks of, those of:

 

¦constantly feeding our eyes and minds with the beautiful sounds and sights of nature, the birds’ song, the opening faces of flowers, the spring woods, the winter sunset; we must enter simply and feely into the life about us, not seeking to take the lead, to impress our views, to emphasise our own subject;

 

It’s easy for me to sometimes confuse faith with certainly. I know, however, that I can never be certain of tomorrow’s events, only the sureness of God’s presence and His leading. Having faith is to trust, and even sense, the existence of His guiding force in the universe.

 

Day 27 Guide

 

Today, follow the advice of Benson, and look around. Feed your eyes and minds with the beautiful sounds and sights of nature, and seek not to lead or impress your views.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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