Day 19: Faith

A faith filled heart

is why we light;

a trusting mind –

quite another fight.

 

Illuminating the path

providing a lantern;

is it some past

misleading trust,

does it embellish

your step's pattern.

 

Why must a soul

become entangled in swords?

One without

meaning,

a path will

forever detour.

 

Lord, I ask if through

shadowed path we flow,

remind us faith is 

trust's relinquishing glow.

 

Nourish our spirit –

that faith filled tree;

let it bear the fruit

of trust in we.

 

Before you begin your day:

Trust and faith are synonyms of one another. But can they supply the same meaning? Trust is the firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. Faith is the utter completeness, in surrender, of that belief. Can you have one without the other?

 

I can trust that a storm will soon arrive based on the swirling gray winds above my home. I have faith that whatever wrath the storm brings, my house will endure. When the torrential gusts beat against it, I can trust inevitable damage is certain? Is it having faith that reminds us someone is there to help pick up the pieces?  

 

What if we switch the nouns above: I have faith that a storm will soon arrive. I can trust that I will endure the wrath. When overflowing squalls beat against me, I have faith in the unavoidable hardship. Can I trust that God is there to gather the fragments?

 

What is the difference in the choice of word? Do you see it? 

 

When presenting the word faith in either text or voice, you must add the word have. On the contrary, when inserting the word trust, you do not need this important addition. The words can, must, don't, and do work fine; you can also omit the helping verb altogether. Does this imply there is a choice in the matter that requires help? Oddly enough, if you add any of these verbs in front of faith, they don't work without have. Try it in one of the paragraphs above. Remove the word have from faith, and try replacing it with one of the helping verbs. It will never make sense without first having it.  

 

Replacing faith with trust in the last sentence has a considerable impact. The latter demands of us a relinquishing, a vulnerability. In the first paragraph, it's almost impossible to negate the answer of the final sentence. Now take a look at the second paragraph: Can you trust that God is there to gather the fragments? 

 

There is beautiful opportunity within these synonyms, one unfurling the other. If having faith cultivates the spirit, might that tended space bear the fruit of trust? We must have faith during life's unavoidable hardships, may we also trust God to gently gather the pieces.

 

During your day:

Though you have not seen him,

you love him; and even though you do not see him now,

you {trust} in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

(1 Peter 1: 8-9)

 

Proverbs 3: 5-6; Ephesians 3: 16-17; Luke 7: 50; Psalm 33: 4

 

Throughout your day:

INHALE: Can I trust?

EXHALE: Yes, I have faith, I trust.

(repeat as many times as needed)

 

Before you end your day:

Lord, I ask as through

shadowed path I flow,

remind me faith is 

trust's relinquishing glow.

 

Nourish my spirit –

Your faith filled tree;

help it to bear the fruit

of trust in me.

Amen.

 

Goodnight; sleep well; know you are blessed.

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