“The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. ‘They won’t let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.’
‘What are you complaining about?’ said God. ‘They won’t let Me in either.”
― Brennan Manning, “The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out”
I love old churches: their architecture is part of the appeal, but more often than not, I think of the countless pleas and prayers that have been uttered within their walls. At its core, faith is trust; trust in something that cannot be proved. Our faith — our beliefs, shape us and mold us and even dictate our interactions with the world around us. As psychiatrist Dr. Timothy R. Jennings puts it so eloquently in his book, Could It Be This Simple?, “We have power over what we believe, but what we believe has power over us.”
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