“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.
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In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.
“I can no longer condemn or hate a brother for whom I pray, no matter how much trouble he causes me.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
Here are the two best prayers I know:
“Help me, help me, help me”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith
The great question about Jesus must always be: Did he make a difference? Is our world, in a century that began with the Turkish genocide against Armenians, reached its nadir with the “scientific” holocaust of six million Jews (and five million others), not to speak of the slaughter by their own governments of Russians and Chinese in the scores of millions, and now comes to its end with genocides in central Africa and “ethnic cleanings” in the Balkans that are still, horribly enough, ” in progress-–is our world any better than the one inhabited by the Celts and Romans of twenty-four centuries ago?