It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chapter 4, Page 12, Book 17



It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work,
and when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey.

Wendell Berry

April 12th - The journey to Easter

As the saying goes, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  It’s a great lesson for today, during Holy Week.  Setting out on a journey is usually a positive action. Journeys do not start with a with a feeling of hopelessness that life is bad and getting worse and there’s no fixing it. A journey starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

 No one knows exactly what is going to happen on a journey.  It requires trust that the journey into the unknown will be worth it.  One thing I’ve learned is that journeys of faith do not lead us along the path of least resistance. If that were the case, there would be no reason to ever take them, since the path of least resistance is simply to sit at home in the recliner and never journey. Faith is not only necessary for the first step on a faith journey; it has to be there throughout the journey.



 Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.

William Newton Clarke

Only faith can keep us from stubbornly walking into a dead end, clinging to a nonexistent expectation. Only by faith can we recognize the opportunities, and embrace the unexpected joys of fields and the forests through which the new road takes us, that we never would have found on our own.

 The journey of faith begins with a spark of faith. It starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip.

I don’t know all the answers, but for me it is a blessing to know that we have somewhere to go and we are fuelled by hope.

Faith is better understood as a verb than a noun, as a process than a possession. It is an on again, off again rather than once and for all. Faith is not sure where you're going, but going anyway.

Frederick Buechner

4 comments:

betty said...

So true with the last quote to think of faith as a verb. Faith gives us the hope to live each of our days.

Betty

jack69 said...

What a great thought, our journey's fuel is HOPE! WOW!

Mevely317 said...

Often, I've tried forcing an outcome ... a destination. Not good.
Tho' the future seems murky right now, I'm trying to focus on the journey and have faith.

That last line by Mr. Buechner cracks me up!

TARYTERRE said...

A good way to look at a journey. "A journey starts by saying yes to the idea that there is something out there worth journeying to; that the road we are invited to take will be worth the trip."