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Do I have faith in Faith?

Posted on December 30, 2009. Filed under: Musings, Philosophy, Spirituality |

Day TEN: The Quality of Faith; the Gift of Abundance.

I thought I’d start right out with the Quality and Gift I’m meditating on today. These are a bit of a challenge to me as I continue on my twelve days of introspection. (Day one was Solstice, December 21.)  “Faith”, especially, is a tough one for me, as I don’t really think I have much. Or, at least, not IN much. So, I’ll do what I often do when I don’t know what else to do, and that’s look up the word in the dictionary!

–noun

1. confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
2. belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
5. a system of religious belief: the Christian faith; the Jewish faith.
6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.: Failure to appear would be breaking faith.

Origin:
1200–50; ME feith < AF fed, OF feid, feit < L fidem, acc. of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust.   [from Ask.com]

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I do not believe things without proof, but…I don’t believe in the concept of “proof”, either. You can’t really prove anything to me; you can tell me about it; I can see how it feels to me, and then I’ll offer an opinion. 🙂 #s 1,2,&3 don’t work for me, then. #4—well, sort of. #5, yes, but in my own way. I make it up as I go. So that leaves me with definition #6. I believe I am quite loyal. If I say I will do something, I will (although not always immediately). 😎 I am very good at keeping confidences, and I try very hard not to judge people on superficial evidence. That should count for something, shouldn’t it? 😉

As for the gift of Abundance; you bet! I’ll take some of that! And share it with you, I hope! It’s a strange time to be writing this, because many in the world are feeling lack and fear. If there’s any message to this day’s muse, it’s a reminder that Abundance abounds. One just must have faith. ♥

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