Sunday, January 30, 2011

Journey To Taize: A Contemplative Christian Evening

Tonight I was blessed to attend a Taize-style service for the second time. The first time was 10 years ago at a Presbyterian church; this time a United church hosted it.

The Ecumenical Community of Taize, France consists of approximately 130 brothers from 25 countries, and was formed during the Second World War, its purpose being to foster unity within Christendom.

Taize services are contemplative and meditation in nature, something that has appealed to me for many many years. It's funny, when I was a teenager all I wanted to hear was drums and contemporary music in the church; now I love silence and music that provides for reflection.

As most reading this will know, I moved away from many of the tenets of evangelical Christianity many years ago. To be honest, there was a period when I wanted nothing to do with the Christian church. I was searching and really coming to know what I - not my church or teachers - believed.

However, I am thankful that that period of total Christian withdrawal is over. I think it is so very healthy if you are able to take parts of your past which you find valuable with you into your future. Also, I now find it helpful and soothing to hear some Christian teachings and scripture at my new spiritual community, Unity (

I also find it very nourishing to attend Christian services fairly often. Tonight was beautiful. Dozens of candles lit at the front of a dimly lit sanctuary, people entering in the silence. At the front is a cross that looks like it is from an Orthodox church. And the service begins. For the next hour, a choir, organist and violinist will gently lead us in short, repetitive Christian hymns that are used at the Taize community. Scripture readings are interspersed. Then comes a wonderful peaceful 10 full minutes of silent prayer. The following part of the service is by far the most moving.

At this time, after The Lord's Prayer is recited, another set of gentle hymns begins. 2 women approach the cross at the front of the sanctuary, they gently lay it down on the altar. At this time anyone in attendance is welcome to approach the cross, kneel or stand, touch it if you like, and symbolically place your burdens there.

It had been quite a long time indeed since I'd knelt at an altar, and never at a cross, but I approached the altar, bowed down and touched the cross. There I released my burdens to God. (Yes, I believe that God is within us and expresses as us, but the symbolism of bowing down and placing your burdens at the cross is almost unspeakably powerful.) During this time, as someone softly weeps beside me, I hear the voice of God within me.

"I've got you covered."
"I will not leave you."
"I will stay with you."
"You can trust me."
"Release your burdens to me, my yolk is easy and my burden is light."
"I will bless you far more than you have even imagined. Hold on."

A couple more songs are sung, then a woman brings the Christ candle down from the platform and begins to light everyone's candles (that we picked up on our way in.) The lights in the sanctuary go dark, and we proceed in song and by candlelight into the adjoining gymnasium. A short prayer is given and the evening concludes with friendly conversation.

All in all, a beautifully powerful night here in Waterloo.

Another Taize service is being held at the end of February at a Catholic church in town. Give me a ring if you're interested in coming with.

Blessings and Love,

Mark Andrew

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Friday, January 28, 2011

My Friend, Your Diamond Days Are Ahead

Maybe tonight you can't see the next step ahead, let alone the road ahead. Maybe you feel like you are surrounded by a cloud of darkness and you just can't snap out of it. Maybe it just creeped onto you out of nowhere, or perhaps it's been building for many years. Regardless, tonight you're not sure if you'll make it through. Maybe it's your job, maybe it's your health, maybe it's your relationship - maybe it's all 3...or more. I know how hard it can be. I get it, believe me I do.

But my friend, your diamond days are ahead. Your heart and your dreams are young, even if you look in the mirror somedays and feel old as you find new wrinkles. Why are your diamond days still ahead? Because your passions and your dreams are stronger than your fears and stronger than the clouds that surround you. I want you to do me a favour before you go to bed tonight. I want you to look in the mirror and say, with as much faith as you can muster, "I believe in myself. I believe in myself. I believe in myself." Try it even if it feels fake at first. If you want, you can try, "I love and appreciate myself just the way that I am." I have these words on a little piece of paper stuck to my bathroom and bedroom mirrors.

You're going to make it through this. You are too important, too valuable, and too beautiful not to. Find someone to lean on, someone to cry with. Allow yourself to laugh at stupid things. Have an extra scoop of ice cream.

You are loveable, you deserve happiness. The darkness of tonight will lead to your diamond days ahead.


Mark Andrew

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Once They Were Boys & Girls

I'm nice and comfy and cozy in this plush red chair at a coffee shop in Waterloo. My laptop is on my, well, lap, I have a coffee in front of me, fun music playing, and there's pretty girls to look at.

But outside there is a homeless, or at least down and out man sitting on the ledge of the coffee shop.

There has to be more than loneliness and heartache for such as these - the depressed or otherwise mentally ill, those who have no one to talk with or worse, to come home to.

Once they were little boys and girls, full of promise, full of dreams. They got up on Saturday mornings and watched The Smurfs or Care Bears while scarffing down PopTarts. They skated on the backyard rink for hours practising their slapshot.
The whole world was theirs for the taking. Or maybe it wasn't. Maybe from an early age they were forced to take care of an alcoholic mother or protect their little sister from an abusive father.

I don't know, but somewhere, somehow, sometime these little boys and girls stopped dreaming, stopped living, and now they're just putting in time, punching the punchclock of life at the end of the day with no sign of a happier tomorrow.

My answers tonight? I have very few. Just a quiet prayer for the man sitting outside the window at the coffeeshop.

...there must be a reason you are here.

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Loved One, I See You Here & Now

I see you right where you are on this cold cold night.

I see you now for all your dreams and all your fears.

I know you intimately for you were made in my image. We are of the same substance.

I need you to do your best to release your fears to me. Do it consciously; write them on a piece of paper and burn it if you need to.

Do you think I would have brought you this far just to abandon you? Never.

Your dreams, your ideas, and your talents are there for a reason. I have placed you in this Universe to play a specific part.

Are things looking uncertain, cloudy, unclear right now? For your own good I need you to trust in me. I will lead you, but first you need to take that step and trust.

Did you ever play that "trust" game in school where you had to close your eyes and fall backward, trusting that a classmate was going to catch you? Well, Loved One, I need to ask you an important question:

Do you actually believe that my arms are here to hold you? What's more, do you even believe anymore that I exist? Maybe you've been battered by the years and have become tired and jaded.

I am the quiet, still voice in yourself that is saying "Don't give up. I will lead you."

I have only the best in mind for you. The way you connect or access my best for you is by faith and imagination. If you are too tired to try, then I ask you to try to try.

I love you, Child, and I have the best in store for you.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Review: "It's Your Time" by Joel Osteen, 2009

If you’ve been in a bookstore sometime in the last 5 years or so, you’ve most likely seen this man’s face staring back at you from a book cover. Or more accurately, you’ve seen his face smiling back at you. This is the main reason why I had poked fun at Joel Osteen for years. I mean, he’s always smiling! There’s just gotta be something weird about that. Also, I tend to be suspicious of anyone whose book subtitles suggest “5 Ways To A Better You,” or something of that nature.

However, as the years have passed, my curiosity trumped my suspicions, and I had the feeling that I just might agree with some of the things Osteen was saying. After all, I tend to read mostly inspirational, self-help books. My last few reads have included “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale, “Life Is For Living” by Eric Butterworth, and “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne. So why not give Joel a try, even though I was a little hesitant since he’s still within the realm of Christendom and I haven’t exactly aligned myself with Christianity for several years.

One thing that I liked about Joel Osteen going into this book is that so many evangelical Christians can’t stand him; many find his brand of positive-thinking, prosperity Christianity “watered-down.” But I had a feeling I just might like it.

And let me tell you…I did.

First a little bit about Joel Osteen. Along with his wife Victoria he is the pastor of the largest church in America, Lakewood Church which meets in an old basketball stadium in Houston, Texas. He took over as pastor about 10 years ago after his father John passed away, and the church has grown tremendously in recent years. He is the author of 3 books: “ Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential (2004),” “Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day” (2007), & this book “It’s Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase In God’s Favor” (2009) as well as numerous supplemental books.

So let us begin with “It’s Your Time.” I will quote directly from the book as I go along.

Part One of the book is entitled “It’s Time To Believe,” and the reader is met immediately by positive messages.

“A global recession has forced many to postpone their dreams and cancel their plans. You may have lost your job. You may have lost your savings, maybe even your home. It could be that you have health concerns or relationship problems. Maybe you are frustrated because it’s taking so long to get where you want to be in your life. Yet now is not the time to talk yourself out of your goals and dreams. Now is not the time to get discouraged. You may think that you’re not even halfway there. You may feel you have so far to go. But the truth is, you don’t know. Your dream may just be up around the corner. You may think it will be another two years. But if you stay in faith, who knows? It may just be two more months. You are closer than you think. I believe it’s your time.”

Osteen talks a lot about being transformed by the renewing of our minds, and that we must walk by faith and not by sight. “That means we don’t have to see it to believe it. It’s just the opposite. If we believe it, then we see it.”

“When negative thoughts come and the burden seems so heavy you feel discouraged, just keep telling yourself: ‘I’m closer than I think. Right now the Creator of the universe is lining up things in my favor: the right people, the right breaks, the right opportunities.”

He also believes that the desires we hold in our hearts are there for a reason and that God will bring them to fruition: “Every dream that’s in your heart, every promise that has taken root, God not only put there but has every intention of bringing to pass. I want you to have this attitude: My time is coming. I’ve been giving and giving. I haven’t seen a lot of results, but that’s okay. I know my time is coming.”

There are times in the book where Osteen seems to veer close to what The Secret preaches, that is that if we believe that what we want to see is going to happen, it will happen: “Draw the line in the sand and say, “That’s it. I’m done being complacent. I’m done settling for mediocrity. I believe every dream, every promise, even the secret petitions of my heart will come to fulfillment.” When you have that kind of attitude, all the forces of darkness cannot stop God from bringing your dreams to pass.”

Osteen also recommends the use of positive affirmations, which meshes well with what I have learned from my experience with the Unity movement: “No matter how long it’s been, no matter how tempted you are to get discouraged, get up every morning and just declare it by faith: “My time is coming. The promise is in me, and I will not die until I see it come to pass.”

Osteen opens his third chapter “Seizing Your God-Given Opportunities” by saying “God created every one of us to be successful. Before the foundation of the world, He laid out an exact plan for our lives. And in this plan He has moments of favor that will come across our path. These moments are not ordinary. They are destiny-altering moments.” This may seem like the prosperity gospel to some, but personally I have no problem with it. Soon after he writes: “God has already prearranged times of increase, times of blessing. You will have opportunities to meet the right people, opportunities to advance in your career, opportunities to fulfill your dreams.”

Osteen also says more than once in the book that adversities in our lives are only present in order for us to overcome them and that blessing awaits us on the other side: “Every setback is simply a setup for a comeback. God not only wants to bring you out, He also wants to bring you out better off than you were before.”

He also promotes “speaking blessings” into our lives: “Words have creative power. You may not feel well, but it’s good to announce, ‘Health is coming my way. I will live and not die.” I very much agree with this approach. I think we all know people who talk about how sick they are all the time or complain about how their life looks. I think this only leads to more sickness and more unhappiness.

His fifth chapter is entitled “You Are Your Father’s Child.” Osteen writes: “God never created us to be average. We’re not supposed to drag around, barely making it, defeated and depressed. God created us to be the head and never the tail, to be happy, healthy and whole.” I agree with this line of thinking. I think that too often we settle into a life of disappointment, mediocrity, and we can live almost lulled to sleep. Osteen says that all of us have gifts, or spiritual DNA just waiting to be activated. “Before you even showed up on planet Earth, before you ever made it into your mother’s womb, God programmed into your DNA blessing, favor, strength, ability. He’s already equipped and empowered you.” And a little later: “You come from a bloodline of champions. You are not average. You are not mediocre. You have the blood of a winner - the DNA of Almighty God - and He has equipped you with everything that you need.”

Part Two of the book is entitled “It’s Time For Favor.” The sixth chapter is called “Praying Bold Prayers.” “God wants to bless you. He wants to enlarge your territory. Will you be bold enough to ask Him each day for more influence? Ask God to help you be a bigger blessing. That’s not a selfish request. The Scripture says: “You have not because you ask not.”
He also cites the Scripture that says, “According to your faith it will be done to you.” He writes that we should pray boldly and expectantly, something that gels with me.

The seventh chapter is “Thriving, Not Just Surviving.” Osteen writes that “God is limited only by our thinking. That is why it is so important that we don’t fall into survival mode and start thinking “My business can’t expand. The economy is too slow. I’ll never sell my house because no others are selling. I’ll never get a promotion when the business is coming back.” Furthermore, he writes “If you believe to barely get by, you will barely get by. If you believe that you will have a tough year, your faith will draw that in. So I encourage you to believe that you are blessed - not that you will be blessed - but that you are already blessed.” To me this all has to do with being transformed by the renewing of our minds, something I have been learning through Unity for some time now. We create our future by what we are entertaining in our minds. Also, if we ask God to give us good gifts and have even the faith of a mustard seed, and expect that we are receiving them, we will have them.

In the next chapter, “Choosing Faith Over Fear,” he writes “Every day, all through the day, you have choices. You can believe that God is in control, believe that He’s taking care of you and believe that good things are in store. Or you can go around worries, expecting the worst, wondering if you will make it.”

The ninth chapter, “Favor Has Been Released In Your Future,” suggests that God has already preordained blessings to come into our lives: “When God laid out the plan for your life, He lined up the right people, the right circumstances, and the right breaks. In your future, He’s already released favor, supernatural opportunities, divine connections. The breaks you need have already been preordained to come across your path.”

In chapter ten, “Speaking Faith-Filled Words,” he writes that “Your words prophesy what you become. Be bold. Dare to say, “I look great today. I’m made in the image of Almighty God. I am strong and talented. I’m blessed. I am creative. I will have a productive day.” Our words truly do have creative power. If you want to know what you will be like five years from now, just listen to what you say today.” And later on: “We all get tired and feel run-down sometimes. Still, the more we talk about being tired, the more tired we become. The more we talk about being depressed, the more depressed we’ll be. The more you talk about being overweight, the more out of shape you will become. Switch over to the language of victory.” Some people may call this nonsensical positive-thinking wish-wash. I disagree, but heck, even if it is, what is the harm in what he is saying? What is the harm of thinking and speaking positively?

Part Three of the book is titled, “It’s Time For Restoration,” and the eleventh chapter that starts out this section is “God Can Turn Back Time.” “God controls time. For every opportunity you’ve missed, every chance you’ve blown, God can turn back the clock and bring bigger and better things across your path.”

The twelfth chapter, “You Have Comeback Power” is about overcoming adversity in your life. Osteen says the darker the night, the brighter the day is to come. “God will not allow a trial to come into your life unless He has a purpose. He doesn’t send the storms, but He uses them. When you’re in difficult times, know that this challenge was not sent to destroy you. It was sent to promote you, to increase you, to strengthen you. You may not see how it will do that, at first, but God has a way. He sends adversity to bring out potential we didn’t even know we had.”

The thirteenth chapter is “Be A Bounce-Back Person.” “Bounce-back people have the seed of Almighty God. The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives inside of you. Not challenge is too difficult for you. No obstacle is too high to overcome. No sickness, no disappointment, no person, no hurricane, no dive in the stock market can keep you from your God-given destiny.”

Chapter fourteen is “Living A Resurrected Life.” “One of the best things I’ve learned is that nothing happens to me, it happens for me. God would not have allowed me to go through difficult times if he didn’t have a purpose for them…So shake off self-pity. Shake off bitterness. Shake off hurt. You may have seen one of your dreams die. Maybe you lost a job, your savings, or a loved one. But failures and losses are part of life, not the end of it. Jesus died, was buried, and then rose again. That is how God works. You’ve been through death. You’ve been through the burial. Now it is the third day. It is time of your resurrection…Know that God would not have allowed a challenge to happen if He did not plan for something good to come from it.”

Moving along, the fifteenth chapter is “Your Sunday Is Coming.” “One principle the resurrection teaches us is that God will always finish what he started. No matter how dark it looks, no matter how long it’s been, no matter how many people are trying to push us down, if we stay in faith, God will take us from Friday to Sunday. He will complete what He started….I love the fact that God does not give up on our dreams.”

Part Four of “It’s Your Time” is called “It’s Time To Trust,” and the sixteenth chapter is entitled “All Things Work Together For Our God,” which is referencing a Bible verse that I really find a lot of hope in. “You may have had some disappointments. Life may not have treated you fairly. But you would not be alive if God was not planning another victory in your future. That setback was not the end. That breakup you went through years ago may not have made sense, but there is another ingredient coming. God will pull it all together.” And a bit later, “You may not understand everything you went through. But if you’ll just keep pressing forward, not letting the bitterness take root, you will come to a chapter in your future that will pull it all together, a chapter that will make sense of it all.”

Chapter seventeen is “God Remembers You.” Osteen points out that the phrase “God remembered…” is found over 70 times in the Bible. “God remembered means more than God has not forgotten you. It’s more significant than that. When we’re told God remembers you, it means He will overwhelm us with His favor. He will surprise us with His goodness….Maybe you’ve given up on a dream…but understand, just because you write off your dreams doesn’t mean God writes them off. God remembers you and He remembers the dream He put within you.”

Chapter 18 is “Gaining Strength Through Adversity.” “The fact is that any time God is about to take you to a new level, you will face opposition. There will be new battles to fight, new obstacles to overcome, maybe people who doubt you, or speak poorly of you….Deep down, know that you will come through challenging times promoted, increased, better off than you were before.” Also, “God would not have planted your dreams in your heart if He had not already given you the talent, the creativity, the determination to see them come to pass.”

Chapter nineteen is “The Anointing of Ease.” “Maybe you have struggled in some aspect of your life. Let me assure you that if you stay in faith, you will come into your own anointing of ease. God has promised He will go before you and smooth your path. He will make your life easier….You don’t have to beg God to be good to you. You don’t have to beg God to help you. God wants to help you.”

Part 5 of the book is called “It’s Time To Stretch,” and the twentieth chapter is “Stepping Into Your Divine Destiny.” “Every one of us has secret dreams and desires along with seeds of greatness implanted within us. You too have gifts to share with this world. There is buried treasure within you, waiting to be discovered. Your full potential has not been released, yet. Your God-given divine destiny awaits you.” And, “Before you were born, God knew you. He has planned out all your days for good. Don’t let your potential lie dormant. Tap into that buried treasure. Share your gift with the world.”

Chapter twenty-one is “Stay Open For Something New.” “In the coming days don’t be surprised if God brings new opportunities across your path. You may be offered a position that you feel is over your head. You may have an opportunity to change careers or go into a different field.” And, “You would not be alive if God didn’t have something great in your future.”

Moving right along, the next chapter is “Finding Your Place of Blessing.” “God has a particular place for each one of us, a place where each of us will find our highest purpose, where we will thrive and reflect God’s greatness. He has a specific job for you, in a specific community, where you are surrounded by specific people positioned to help you find fulfillment.” “When you follow your instincts and pursue the life that fulfills you, you will never go wrong.”

The final chapter is called, “Believe For A Supernatural Year.” “So often we limit our thinking. We think we’ll never overcome our challenges or we’ll never accomplish our dreams. We don’t have the connections, the talent, or the funds. But the problem is that we tend to look for answers only in the natural world. We have a limited perspective. We forget that God is a supernatural God. And just because we don’t see a way doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have a way…You’ve got to get in agreement with God. God has supernatural favor in store for you.” And, “My friend, God is in control of the universe. He is directing your steps, causing you to be in the right place at the right time. He knows what you need and He knows how to get it to you.”

In concluding the book, Osteen writes, “Remember, you have the DNA of Almighty God. He has equipped you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny. You are full of wisdom, strength, talent, and creativity. In your future are favor, good breaks, the right connections, the right opportunities. You may not have seen those blessings in the past, but this is a new day.”

Following the conclusion there is a page titled `We Care About You,`where Osteen says ``there is a void in every person that only a relationship with God can fill. I`m not talking about finding religion or joining a particular church. I`m talking about developing a relationship with your Heavenly Father through his son, Jesus Christ. I believe that knowing Him is the source of true peace and fulfillment in life. Osteen then encourages the reader to pray a prayer accepting Jesus.

To conclude this review/sharing of excerpts from It’s Your Time, I would just say that I highly enjoyed this book and will probably go back and read his other books as well. Osteen provides a hope-filled, positive message of faith that is a refreshing, welcome change from what you get on the evening news or in the morning paper. You can tell when reading the book that these are not just platitudes that Osteen is presenting; he deeply believes what he is saying. And most of it gels quite nicely with what I believe about life and God. It gives me hope that the best is yet to come, and that there is a power at work in the Universe that wants to bless me.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Hold On, Dear One. You Can Trust Me

I see your pain.

I know all about your heartache and heartbreak.

I have felt your let-downs and disappointments.

I know things have not turned out the way you had hoped for and planned.

Maybe you haven't landed in the career you wanted to.

Maybe the lover you once had - if you ever had her/him - is long gone.

Maybe the bill collectors are calling.

Maybe the doctor has given you a grim prognosis.

But I'm here to tell you that this is not the end for you. This is only the beginning.

There IS a reason that I placed you here on this earth; you are not an accident or something random. You were placed here as a reflection of a part of me that wanted to be expressed.

You contain gifts and abilities and dreams that are wonderfully unique to you. You may find this hard to believe, but you are bigger than your self-doubt or low self-esteem.

I have made you for a purpose. And what I need you to do now is trust me. No matter how grim or how dark your life has seemed up until now, I will not let you die before realizing my - and your - dreams and purpose for you.

What is my purpose for you? The specifics have to do with the talents, the gifts, and the dreams that you have held in your heart. Lift them up to me, talk to me, and I will lead you. But know this, on a larger scale, my purpose and plans for you are to prosper you and fulfill your hearts desire. I would never harm you.

Things may look bad, things may look grim. But don't give up. Talk to me, trust me, and I will lead you into golden opportunities and a happy, fulfilled future.

Hold on. Trust. The Best Is Yet To Come.

~ God (The Universe, Spirit, Divine Mind, Mother, Father)

Monday, January 10, 2011

I Choose To Believe...

Right now, right where I stand, I choose to believe...

- I believe that I live in an opulent, abundant Universe where there are more than enough blessings to fulfill and enrich each person's life.

- I believe that there is an intelligence which I call God or Spirit that is orchestrating the Universe. More than this, I believe that God is eagerly wanting to bless me with good gifts if I would only rely on Her and ask.

- I believe that when I ask God for what I need, I should not do so nonchalantly or half-expecting. I believe that God is goodness and abundance and that She wants to give me good things.

- I believe that as a child, or expression of God I inherit Love, Peace, Abundance, and Health among other things. When I am stressed or worried, I take a step back, breathe, and receive these good gifts that are readily available for me.

- I believe that I live in God when I live in Love, by loving the family and friends that God has placed in my life.

- I believe the Bible verse that says that all things work together for good for those that love God. Though things may look grim right now, I have faith that God will bring to completion what he started in me.

- I believe that I am unique and that I have talents and gifts that God has specifically placed in me, and if I am willing, God will use them for not only my personal fulfillment, but for the blessing of others.

- I choose to hope, I choose to be positive, I choose to expect the very best out of life instead of expecting the worst. God is my source, God is Life, and I live within God. As such, I am abundance, I am Love, I am Peace, and I am Health.

I align my mind with God within me now.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Expect The Very Best In Your Life

Do you believe that there is a power at work around you that is working for your benefit, a power that has your very best interests at heart? I for one firmly do. For me this is not just comforting news, it is a truth that makes me want to leap into the air and do the happy dance (video to come). I believe that this power has many names. The most popular, and Biblical name is God. You could also use Spirit or perhaps The Universe, or maybe Divine Mind. There is a verse in the Bible that says that all things are working together for good for those who love God. What is the definition of God when you scale it down to the core? God is Love. So I believe that all things are working toward our good for those of us who live in Love. It may not seem like it right now. Perhaps you're facing an illness that has persisted. Perhaps you've lost your job. Maybe your relationships have fallen apart. But I believe there is a power in the universe that is saying, "It will not always be this way, you will overcome, expect the best because that's what my plan is for you." By the power of our mind, we bring the blessings, the good things that God has always wanted to bless us with. I believe that God wants us not just to muddle through life day in and day out, rather She wants us to thrive, to have an abundant, exhilarating life. This is the point of faith. Faith is not about making sure that you fall in line with all the "right" doctrines. Faith is believing that God is a good God, that He wants the very best for us, and is just waiting for us to expect our blessings. If we truly are children of God, as I believe we all are no matter what our religious beliefs, we deserve good, no, great gifts as inheritors.

Look up, expect the very best, and know that God will give you just that.

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