Spiritual Non-Fiction posted November 6, 2015


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The Crisis of Faith

by Unspoken94


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Rufus Jones, the disciplined Quaker and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, was a professor of Philosophy at Swarthmore College. He had faith, however, the worst thing he thought could ever happen to him did happen. His eleven-year-old son, Lowell, died. It was a crushing blow to him. But then he had an experience that broke through the prison he had put himself in because of his grief. In his book, "The Luminous Trail," he described what happened.

When my sorrow was at its most acute stage, I was walking along a great city highway, when suddenly I saw a little child come out of a great gate which fastened shut behind her. She wanted to go back to her house behind the gate but the gate would not open. She pounded it in vain with her little fists. She rattled the gate. Then she wailed as though her heart would break. That cry brought her mother. She caught up the child in her arms and kissed away her tears: "Didn't you know that I would come? It's all right now."

Rufus Jones then says,

I saw with my spirit there was love behind my shut gate and where there was so much love there must be more.


I am learning to trust that in my own grief, there is One who comes and says to me:

                              It's all right. Didn't you know I would come?


Faith writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write a story about faith.

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When faith burns low, I am learning to take the time to pause and remember what
has helped me in the past and what I can trust in the present.

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