Faith is an important asset for those who mourn, and yet for some it is not enough. At a bereavement conference, a father described the loss of his son and admitted that he had lost his faith and did not believe in God. In the gospels, Jesus states that a person must have faith comparable to that of a child to enter the kingdom of heaven.
What does that mean? I wanted to explore this question in a poem, and my first thought was that such a faith should be simple yet profound – seeing God in everything and seeing everything as a manifestation of God. So the poem began with a line that has this meaning when you read it forward and backward, or, as in the case of this poem, up and down. That first line became the framework for building a sturdy box of a poem about faith. Here is “A Child’s Faith:”
God is All in All,
is for my best in
All His tests; man, All
in good time, blest is.
All in All is God.
This faith recognizes that God is responsible for adversity (“His tests”), yet believes that God wants you to succeed (“is for my best”) and that God loves each of us (eventually all are “blest”). This is a faith that is impervious to the battering of doubts, a faith resilient enough to weather the storms of life and powerful enough to open the gates of Heaven.
Adapted from Wrestling with the Angel
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