Across cultures and generations faith can be found as an extremely powerful and life changing element. However, it can also be extremely controversial; it can bring about life as well as war. For those of us in need, faith is often the bright light that breaks through when there seems to be only darkness.
I believe faith is inherently found in every child; it isn't learned only unlearned. A child naturally believes they will be cared for, and loved. This, however, is just the beginning of faith which is the belief in something that can not be seen. All of us have believed in something greater than ourselves before as it is a natural human disposition; however, as time disappoints we begin to become cynical leading us to believe that everything must be proven and tangible. Sadly, this need to have tangible evidence can cause many to continue to long and wait for the unknown without a belief in themselves or others usually leading to heartache.
Faith comes in many forms: spiritual, humanity, family, self, even science. Most of us at one time or another have allowed our past experiences to jade our present causing a crisis of faith. Personally, I know how hard it can be to believe in the unknown and the unseen. Having reared a child who had several special needs from a young age, there were many times that I lost faith in myself and my ability to manage everything needed and even briefly lost faith in my God. What I discovered though was that as I looked for signs to secure my faith I found them; and when I consulted my past to find my abilities and my God, I found those too. I found that strength and truth could only be built on faith.
After all, everyday we all have faith in something- that the sun will come up, the elevator will take us to the right floor, the coffee machine will work, our health will last. We just have to have the courage to believe again in the unseen as we did when we were young.
Blog post written by Wellness Contributor Dawn Rayburn, EDS, NBCT, LPC for Embrace Candles