I've been reading a book - so what else is new? - and found a few lines comparing religion and faith:
Religion is something between you and other people; it's full of interpretations and theories and opinions. But faith ... that's just between you and God.
I like that. And it sounds rather Congregational to me. Most of us at SBCC have come from different religious denominations, full of a variety of ceremony and tradition and interpretation. We express our congregationalism when we worship together, but it is in our heart of hearts that our faith resides. That small but boundless place where we meet God face to face and hand in hand. Advent is a journey to the source of our faith, with a star to guide us, with angels to give voice to our praise, with magi to symbolize the mystery, with shepherds to remind us that the babe in the manger is for even the most humble of us.
We all need something to read while on a journey. Here is what some other folks have to say about life and faith. Maybe some of those words will be a star to light your way.
* We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us - how we can take it, what we do with it - and that is what really counts in the end. How to take the raw stuff of life and make it a thing of worth and beauty - that is the test of living. Life is an adventure of faith if we are to be victors over it, not victims of it.
* True faith is never found alone; it is accompanied by expectation. --C. S. Lewis
* I do not want merely to possess a faith; I want a faith that possesses me. --Charles Kingsley
* I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God. --Abraham Lincoln
Real faith is not the stuff dreams are made of; rather it is tough, practical and altogether realistic. Faith sees the invisible but it does not see the nonexistent. --A. W. Tozer
* You can do very little with faith, but you can do nothing without it.
--Nicholas Murray Butler
Be the guiding light on our journey of faith and the light in the window at the end of the road.