88 results for 'faith'
Looking at the sky it is so dull and high;
I wonder over my thirsty and the ploughed land.
To the patches of clouds I begged, I raised my hand
Stop for a while, pour few drops
At your mercy my life my crops
The cruel gust of wind took away my hope
I cried, tears rolls down to my cheeks
Through my parched lips and choking throat
I bid farewell to the unkind clouds
Once again I looked towards the sky
It is still very dull and high
I looked down
I saw a blade of grass
Standing majestically with dignity and... (more)
(Note: Once again, little ones have gone unprotected, with small boys victimized by both the twisted and broken and the blind and indifferent. I was sexually- abused decades ago, at the age of 8. No victim ever forgets. For the hope of the Penn State small boys and other children being abused, often despite the awareness of others who look the other way, I'm sharing my story here. If you are aware of a child predator, please speak up. Silence truly like a cancer grows.)
The little one who smiles and hides the pain
Lets tears fall when he plays out in the rain.
The innocence... (more)
...the cowardly lion whose courage vanishes in the presence of a louder voice. We've become the "let's just not go there," bunch. Pretty soon, we won't have much choice . . . or actually, we'll have to make a lot of choices to remain untouched by the cultural backwash. Instead of fortifying our faith, we're fortifying our walls. Instead of seeing the homosexual as one of God's children who needs to hear the truth in a compassionate way, we turn all shrill and say "they're after our children" and we turn away. Instead of seeing the homosexual as one who needs to be beside us, we mutter... (more)
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:34
I have been told the church was mostly silent on that day. Evidence of my ongoing struggle with homosexuality was presented, a vote was taken and I was declared unfit to be a member and removed for the destruction of my soul. I was not there that night, but instead was angry and alone in the darkening end of a long and frightening day, as they proclaimed me unworthy of them. Oh . . . my soul. And all that is within me.
I have not seen, in the... (more)
... certainly fair, but exceeding our relationship beyond limits where a child’s expression is controlled, or manipulated seems inappropriate. In marital relationships, sharing of equitable status among the couple goes miles in building the character of their marriage as an institution of love and faith. Giving dent to feelings periodically, carefully listening to each other, providing breathing space and scope to operate autonomously are some ways to sustain a healthy relationship.
It is important to note that keeping our emotions in check when in a relationship is more productive than ... (more)
...believe this right now. My girlfriend ended our 2 year relationship and moved out 5 days ago. Hard to make sense of anything right now…
--Searching for Answers
Dear Searching for Answers,
It unfortunately never does in the moment. This is one of those circumstances where faith, belief, (whatever you want to call it) has to come in and be stronger than anything else. This is one of those times where you have to dig deep and do the internal work. But first off, don’t allow anyone to tell you that “you’re better off for it” or “get over it” or “you were... (more)
Angel Gabriel looked into me
Blameful brutal blissful what did he see?
Careful chattel circle grew over me
Dandle to dazzle duple dribble
Factual not fable, can't fickle, be faithful he said
Gentle dear Gabriel exuberantly gracefully I said
Handsel you gave once with heedful Hoyle inside my place
Ordinal position from birth came first given by Grace
Primal factual came first
Sessional over, breathe sibyl, soulful is dead, he said
Whistling semantics came purple linguistics
Easy, I said!(more)
I was sexually molested at the young age of seven. Every part of me knew that what was happening was wrong. In that moment, fear overtook me and at the same time, a calmness. I knew I would handle this and tell the right people. I knew he would have to pay for his actions. I also knew in that moment I had to endure what was hell for my own safety. But with that experience came a personal power that I carry around till this day. I remember being told how "brave I was." How "I saved other girls." How "strong I was." I remember internalizing those words but not really getting them. It... (more)
Today is YOUR day. Today is the day that you will forgive yourself for anything and everything you’ve ever been hard on yourself about. Today is the day that you let go of things that are holding you back. Today is the day that you decide nothing in the past has to determine your future. Today is the day you answer to that nagging feeling you’ve had at you your whole life. Today is the day you wake up to your life!
Stop right where you are. I know exactly what you’re doing. Those uncomfortable feelings just came up inside of you trying to give you reasons to not do this.... (more)
...the term We exclude Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, agnostics, atheists, humanists, and others with non-theistic beliefs. Are such people no longer one of US?
While the preeminent monotheistic religions extant today are Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, Zoroastrianism, Sikhism, and the Baha'i Faith can lay claim to this designation as well. Does each of these diverse monotheists trust in their own conception of the one true God and suspect or fear that of all the others? In this context, let us remember, in many cases, the desire to assert the dominion of the allegedly one and only true... (more)