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When our faith is tried

Posted by Susan N. Swann on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : A life of faith 
Most of us will have our faith tried at some point. Stuff happens. And it isn't always positive. Or perhaps it looks easier not to live a life of faith. Faith requires time, action, and commitment. It's also true that the flame of faith is fanned by righteous living. And perhaps we're not living that way. Or maybe doubt creeps in and wraps itself around our faith, chocking the life out of our beliefs. Having faith is not for the faint of heart.

And yet, it is faith that gives us comfort; fait...
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Healing Through Trust

Posted by Susan N. Swann on Sunday, May 5, 2013, In : Healing 
For most of us, trusting God means relying on someone we can neither see nor touch, only feel. This act of trust in the divine may sometimes seem a bit frightening, because it requires a leap of faith. Similar in some ways to the movie "Star Wars," when Yoda instructs Luke to  trust the force, rather than relying on his own limited perceptions, we as believers also place our trust in something beyond ourselves. We depend on God to know and love us, and that gives us hope.

We cannot ask God to...
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Can Faith Keep Us Safe?

Posted by Susan N. Swann on Sunday, August 19, 2012, In : Faith 
I was listening again to one of my favorite songs, "The Prayer."  Jessica Sanchez of American Idol fame beautifully sings this particular version of the song. I wondered about the words, "Give us faith, so we'll be safe."  What do those words mean exactly? Certainly having faith is no guarantee that life will always work out as we wish it would. Bad things will continue to happen to good people. So, then, how does having faith keep us safe?  It is faith that propels us forward regardless of t...
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His grace is sufficient

Posted by Susan N. Swann on Sunday, August 5, 2012, In : Grace 

Christ related the now familiar parable of the day laborers to his followers.The essence of the parable is that it doesn't matter the hour when we choose to begin our labors in the vineyard.The point is that we choose to labor at all. While it is paradoxically much easier to begin our course, run a steady race, and complete the journey on schedule, we can join the runners at any time.The important thing is not how fast we run or how soon we start, but that we at last cross the finish line. If...


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Choose Faith


Susan N. Swann I left my faith behind for 15 years,.During that time, I believed only in reason and lost all faith. Three years ago, my perspective shifted, and I reverted to my faith. I began once again to believe not in the ultimate randomness of life's events, but to believe instead that belief in God gives our lives purpose. I chose faith over doubt. Choosing faith is the focus of this blog.

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