Faith Is Change
by Eve Livingston
Faith is not some hard, unchanging thing you cling tothrough the vicissitudes of life. Those who try to make it into thisare doomed to become brittle, shattered creatures.Faith never grows harder, never so deviates from its nature and becomesactually destructive, than in the person who refuses to admit that faithis change.I don’t mean simply that faith changes (though there isthat). I mean that, just as any sense of divinity that we have comesfrom the natural order of things, is in some ultimate sense withinthe natural order of things, so too faith is folded into change, isthe mutable and messy process of our lives rather than any fixed,mental product.Those who cling to the latter are inevitably leftwith nothing to hold on to, or left holding on to some nothinginto which they have poured the best parts of themselves.Omni-potent, eternal, omniscient—what in the world do these rottenwords really mean? Are we able to imagine such attributes, muchless perceive them? I don’t think so.