I’m recycling. Not because I’m lazy. I wote this at Christmas several years ago and when I overhauled the main site I took it down since it was a stand alone article rather than part of a long series. And I have since been waiting for Christmas to post it again.
Merry Christmas Everyone
Once upon a time, many years ago an Angel, a messenger of God, appeared to a girl of fourteen. The Angel told her that though she was a virgin, she would conceive a son. The Holy Spirit was going to come upon her, and the power of the Highest would overshadow her, and the child to whom she was to give birth would be called the Son of God.
Imagine that you are this girl of fourteen.
What is your reaction?
Mary said, Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.
That is the miracle.
The pregnancy and birth from a virgin was miraculous, but before having proof, Mary believed.
Would you have had a faith so great?
Your MLCers claim they hate you, don’t love you or love you but are not in-love with you. They have affairs with old flames or new loves—who according to them are their true soul mates. They may seem happy in their new life. They talk of marriage with the new person, perhaps even having children. They seem certain that what they are doing is right—sometimes for years.
Faith is Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence; it leaps across chasms of the impossible.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
With God, anything is possible.
Though my example is Christian, the concept of Faith is Universal.
You may think your MLCer is the exception because he really does seem certain and happy; it is my experience that most LBSs feel this. As evidence you cite how he isn’t showing progress and this means it is really over and he will never change.
He will never change? Is this how he was pre-bomb, or is this a change from before?
Stop looking for signs.
…signs from your MLCer that he is progressing.
…signs from God that tell you what you should be doing.
God does communicate with each of us—it’s just that we are not always receptive and thus we are unaware.
Faith is s often done blind. It is something you do in spite of a lack of evidence. Once I put my Faith and Trust in God I began to see progress.
Flip the phrase: Believing is seeing.
But God tests Faith. Did you feel suddenly faithful only so that you could begin to see progress? That is not true faith. The progress God wants you measuring is your own.
I’m sorry, but there is Free Will. Do both, Pray and have Faith that your MLCer’s Free Will eventually coincides with God’s Will. Belief and Faith can create reality.
Faith is freeing. It allows for letting-go. Seek Peace and Faith; each makes the other more attainable.
Forget what others are saying or feeling or thinking about what you should do; believe and look toward the greatest miracle of all.