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I Think God’s Trying to Tell Me Something …

“Take faith, Krista.”

it’s about embracing the bits that don’t make any sense. trusting that the story is in fact made by the departures and aberrations. it’s about wonder and curiosity. about moving forward and upward even if the movement is a sort of graceless thrashing about. it’s about clawing and clamoring and dirt beneath the fingernails. it’s about saying i don’t know. and i don’t know. and i don’t know, again. because one day i will. and if one believes that in the end it’ll all work out–even and most especially in the face of overwhelming doubt–than those moments of discomfort and unease and fear are made sweet and holy and wholly lovely by their impermanence.

more faith.

hell.

that’s really is the answer, isn’t it?

Meg Fee

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All movement requires faith no matter how big or small it may look on the outside – whether you’re stepping into the unknown or stepping into the same thing as yesterday … Take heart, friend. The size of your faith isn’t really the point; only the size of your God.

Emily, Chatting at the Sky

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26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 … Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 … for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.

Matthew 6: 26-34

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Oh and let’s not forget that I was asked months ago to give the lesson on this sermon by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, which I’ll be teaching this Sunday:

“… you have more faith than you think you do … this is a divine work in process, with the manifestations and blessings of it abounding in every direction, so please don’t hyperventilate if from time to time issues arise that need to be examined, understood, and resolved. They do and they will. In this Church, what we know will always trump what we do not know. And remember, in this world, everyone is to walk by faith.”

 

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  1. We’re all believers, really.

    People can call themselves “atheists” all they want, but there really are no atheists. God is our Creator, first and foremost. And our Creator is known by many names, “God”, “Yahweh”, and “Allah”–just to name three out of thousands, if not millions. Yet we all know there is a Creator. Arguably, we know nothing about the Creator but that the Creator exists. Still, this is enough. Everything and everyone comes from a single source. This source is regarded by many as a non-being force. But that is really illogical–for how could a non-being create beings, like us? The Creator is not a he or a she–or even an it, as we would use the term. The Creator is not human, and the Creator is not inhuman. The Creator is beyond human–so far beyond human that we cannot even comprehend the Creator. It is said that everything has a beginning and an end–and that nothing comes out of nothing. And this is true–except for the Creator. The Creator is the only thing, the only entity, the only mind, the only being that has always existed, and always will exist. I even suspect that the Creator is all that exists–that everyone and everything is simply an extension of the Creator. We cannot comprehend the Creator because we cannot comprehend eternity or infinity. And the Creator is the only thing that is truly eternal and infinite. Nothing exists, except by the Creator. There is one thing–and only one–that is behind the existence of everything else, and this is the Creator. Even if nothing is truly real in this universe–even if everything and everyone is simply a dream–it is the Creator’s dream, and the Creator’s dream alone.

    Years ago, I wrote this creed in my journal–it just came to me one day:
    God is not limited to one system of beliefs; God’s word is not limited to one form of communication. God is beyond anything we humans can imagine, classify, or manipulate. In attempting to limit God, we only limit ourselves.

    Since then, I generally refer to God as the “Creator” instead–because that’s what God really is: God is simply whatever created us. And this is why there really are no “atheists”–everyone knows that something created us, and continues to create.

    But otherwise the creed remains basically the same.

    I don’t find it odd at all that what I call the Prayer of Jesus is addressed, not to Our Father who art in heaven, but to Our Father which art in heaven. Because, though our creator is an intelligence beyond anything we can conceive, and almost certainly a being, our Creator is not a person, as each of us is.

    I sometimes say, “I know not what the Creator is; but what the Creator is not.” And there’s a quote, “If God created us in his own image, we certainly have returned the favor” (i.e. God created us in his own image, but we cannot create God in our image, no matter how hard we try). And this is perhaps our greatest problem–the greatest stumbling block in human spiritual evolution–we cannot imagine our Creator as anything but human, because we cannot comprehend anything that is beyond human.

    Yet our Creator is not human. And our Creator is not inhuman. Our Creator is beyond human–infinitely greater than anything we can comprehend.

    There is a film entitled, “Sweet Mystery of Life”.

    The mystery of life is nothing compared to the mystery of our Creator.

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