November 22, 2005

A Faith that Casts Out Fear

As Bill Sees It

The Coming Of Faith, p. 51

In my own case, the foundation stone of freedom from fear is that of faith: a faith that, despite all worldly appearances to the contrary, causes me to believe that I live in a universe that makes sense.

To me, this means a belief in a Creator who is all power, justice, and love; a God who intends for me a purpose, a meaning, and a destiny to grow, however little and haltingly, toward His own likeness and image. Before the coming of faith I had lived as an alien in a cosmos that too often seemed both hostile and cruel. In it there could be no inner security for me.

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"When I was driven to my knees by alcohol, I was made ready to ask for the gift of faith. And all was changed. Never again, my pains and problems notwithstanding, would I experience my former desolation. I saw the universe to be lighted by God's love; I was alone no more."

1. Grapevine, January 1962
2. Letter, 1966

1 comment:

Texaco said...

One of the most beautiful things I've ever read and certainly much like my own experience. At my moment of clarity, the moment when I was completely crushed, the moment when God graced me with a first step, He also showed me that there was another path. Dr. Martin Luther King said, in his final speech, "I've been to the mountain top and I've seen the promised land." That's what happened for me. And God said, "Climb."