Faith comes and goes. We have faith minutes and non-faith minutes as we encounter pain or joy or challenges. Faith is not something that we hold, but something that we pursue in the hidden caves and corners of our lives, as well as in daily miracles. In fact there is no essential difference between that which we call miraculous and that which we call the natural world. This morning the sun rose and I awakened with another opportunity to live a life that matters. I drove to work and did not have an accident. Children went to school and learned to read. Babies were born and elders were cared for. All of those are also miracles. We find deep faith by living in awe of everyday things.
The Hebrew word for faith, “emunah” comes from the word meaning firm or supported. It is often used to describe a crafts-person who is firm and secure in a set of skills. So the definition of faith, according to the kabbalists, is related to a firmness or loyalty to the truth in one’s life. Emuna means to be appointed with a task and to faithfully carry it out with responsibility, integrity, dedication and strength. So faith occurs when we are loyal friends, or walk with integrity in our life.
Consider doing “faithfulness” rather than having faith. Look around and be amazed by this awe inspiring world.
This alone will make you both strong and kind.
Let me know how this influences your life this week