September | Doubt

The following resources were gratefully shared at the OneLight Gathering on Friday 8th September 2017 at London's monthly Interfaith Ceremony, generously hosted at Notting Hill's Essex Unitarian Church.

 

READINGS

DOUBT:
Doubt camped out in the living room last week. I told him that we had had too many house guests. Doubt doesn’t listen. He keeps saying the same thing again and again and again until I completely forget what I am trying to tell him. Doubt is demanding and not very generous but I appreciate his honesty.

FAITH:
Faith lives in the same apartment building as Doubt. When Faith was out of town visiting her uncle in the hospital, Doubt fed the cat and watered the asparagus fern. Faith is comfortable with Doubt because she grew up with him. Their mothers are cousins. Faith is not dogmatic about her beliefs like some of her relatives. Her friends fear that Faith is a bit stupid. They whisper that she is naive and depends on Doubt to protect her from the meanness of life. In fact, it is the other way around. It if Faith who protects Doubt from Cynicism. 

Excerpts from The Book of Qualities by J Ruth Gellar.


PRAYER

Universal Love, source and ground of all experience,
your ultimate reality is a mystery to which we have only clues.
There are times when we hold faith and times when we are
swamped in doubt. There are times when we
struggle to listen to the Universal Rhythm pulsing in our hearts,
or struggle to notice our breath, where the divine breath of all that is enters our bodies. 
May we be ever patient with ourselves and remember that
uncertainty is part of our pathway. May we find the inner
conversation where our doubt is but one voice at the table of reflection.
In times of doubt may we remember to reach inwardly
and outwardly to the Divine Love, 
to know that all we need to know is that Divine Love abounds.
Together in sacred circle we acknowledge the mystery of our origin and of
the Life Force that brings us opportunity.
We give thanks for the Boundless worthiness that the Light shines for us
so brightly and we pray that we may look upon ourselves with the
gaze of pure love and acceptance with which Divinity beholds all of Creation.


POEM

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This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.”


― John O'Donohue

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