Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Scintilla Day 6- Faith

. by anne(♥)marie
A photo by anne(♥)marie on Flickr.

Prompt: Talk about an experience with faith, your own or someone else's.

Even though she has every reason not to, my biological mother possesses rock solid faith. When I was a girl, she often brought me to daily mass, in addition to prayer group, and of course Sunday school. Somehow I was sent to a private Catholic school, despite our financial circumstances. Religion permeated the air we breathed.

Later, when my awareness grew, I was mystified. In college, I became downright perplexed. How could a woman like herself believe in a loving, benevolent, almighty Father? Her whole life has been nothing but struggle; she has survived a traumatic childhood, poverty, depression, encephalitis, and breast cancer. She has been in a nursing home since she was 44... forty-four! Do I need to say any more?

So one day I asked her. I’ll never forget our brief conversation.  I was 19 and had decided church wasn’t for me. For the first time I challenged her. “How do you know God exists?”

She didn’t miss a beat. “I see God every time you visit me.”

I swallowed. Was it that simple?

All these years later, I'm inclined to agree.  Knowing that I'll never fall- that someone will always catch me- is the sort of faith that sees me through my day to day life.  Yes, I sometimes say prayers- and send out wishes, intentions, or whatever you'd like to call them- to the universe.  But I also pick up the phone when I need help, assured that some earthly being will receive my call.

Faith and hope are inextricably connected. I experience them in a myriad of ways...

I have faith in the future when I look at my daughter’s unique hand print...

I have faith in love when I look into my soul mate’s starlit eyes...

I have faith in renewal, the cycles of life, each spring when my garden grows...

 I have faith in the mysterious unknown when I witness the sea and sky meet...

“Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking
                           and sings while it is still dark.” Rabindranath Tagore

* I'm participating in Scintilla, a fortnight of storytelling, with other writers mining the material of their lives. There's still time to sign up for daily prompts if you'd like to join us! 


  1. Oh my goodness, I LOVED this post. It made me cry. In that really good, soul shaking kinda way. :)

  2. I just reread. Simply amazing, Robin. You put so many of the things I've been struggling with into perspective. XOXO

  3. Noel, I'm so glad this post resonated with you. Even though our circumstances are different, and we haven't (yet) crossed paths in "real" life, I feel like our journeys are connected. Wishing you much peace and love! xo

  4. Michael Douglas Jones25 March 2012 at 00:07

    Yes, it really is simple, and you know faith, when you've seen it in a mother's eyes. Quite moving.

  5. Hi, Robin. Just wanted to let you know this post was nominated as a Favorite Response in the Scintilla Project. The permalink is here: Congratulations!

  6. Thanks for your lovely comment, Michael!

  7. That's such an honor! I'm really pleased. :-)

    Thanks for letting me know, and also for creating such a fantastic project. I've enjoyed the writing prompts, reading the posts, and connecting with so many inspiring people. Scintilla rocks!! xo


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