Personal Journeys: – Faith and Hope

Fear makes everything seem impossible.
Faith makes everything seem possible.
“With man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

 Is it just me – or does anyone else see the correlation between the deterioration of our western countries is directly parallel to our attempts to push God out of our societies?

Mary had a Little Lamb

Writing Seraphim, my latest novel,5. Seraphim - cover I have succumbed to many blocks.  I have my heroine Delaney, lose faith and then regain it.  It wasn’t as simple as I thought.  There has to be a reason.  She can’t just blindly change for no reason.  So, in frustration, I started researching my own journey into faith.  I feel I am ready to write, with authority, Delaney’s journey as well.

It is a sad day to see faith being taken out of our society and with it signs of hope seem to be disappearing as well. Jesus teaches giving, forgiving, helping others and treating people with respect and tolerance. There is nothing Jesus taught that will harm anyone and much to gain by following Him.  Yet many, including many religious people, keep quoting the old testament.

I believe and was taught I vaguely remember – that one of the reasons God sent Jesus down is to show us THE RIGHT WAY to interpret His words. Regardless of whether you believe Jesus was the son of God or not, I cannot understand the hostility against Him and all He taught.

Jesus (as a man or as son of God) – influenced the whole western world and in return they prospered and were given such good lives. (It’s here many will quote the atrocities committed supposedly in the name of Jesus – but those atrocities were committed by men who set themselves up as gods, definitely not Jesus’ teachings).  This cannot be denied if history is taught using the truth.

Now as it’s more popular to bash and deny Him, the results are coming in.  Anger, hostility, unwanted collective laws and omissions from the truth are running side-by-side with bad economies, people struggling to live and downgrading in our lifestyles. Those with faith are sad and a helpless feeling creeps inside,we are wondering what we can do to change this modern trend and mostly think there is nothing.  It is visible harming our society if one looks.

I realize it’s easier to believe there is no God and in turn there will be no punishment. But to me there is visible punishment happening, just too many people ignoring the signs.   And one day you wake up and you are old if you are fortunate.  Death will visit – regardless of what you believe.  Fear will probably run rampant throughout and you will wish you had at least considered those teachings of Jesus. But why worry about anything today besides your own selfish pleasures which oddly will not bring you happiness?  Why worry those very selfish pleasures that will ruin the lifestyle in North America – all built through faith and hope?

An excerpt taken from Mike Helton‘s photo: –    

‘…..I went to visit the new World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. I got an unexpected history lesson. Because I’m a baby boomer, I was one of the youngest in the crowd. Most were the age of my parents, Veterans of ‘the greatest war,’ with their families. It was a beautiful day, and people were smiling and happy to be there. Hundreds of us milled around the memorial, reading the inspiring words of Eisenhower and Truman that are engraved there. On the Pacific side of the memorial, a group of us gathered to read the words President Roosevelt used to announce the attack on Pearl Harbor:  ‘Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked.’  One elderly woman read the words aloud:’With confidence in our armed forces, with the abounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph.’  But as she read, she was suddenly turned angry. ‘Wait a minute,’ she said, ‘they left out the end of the quote. They left out the most important part… Roosevelt ended the message with ‘…so help us God.’  Her husband said, ‘You are probably right. We’re not supposed to say things like that now.’  ‘I know I’m right,’ she insisted. ‘I remember the speech.’ The two looked dismayed, shook their heads sadly and walked away.  Listening to their conversation, I thought to myself, ‘Well, it has been over 50 years; she’s probably forgotten.’  But she had not forgotten. She was right…  I went home and pulled out the book my book club is reading — ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ by James Bradley. It’s all about the battle at Iwo Jima . I haven’t gotten too far in the book. It’s tough to read because it’s a graphic description of the WWII battles in the Pacific. But right there it was on page 58. Roosevelt’s speech to the nation ends in ‘…so help us God.’ The people who edited out that part of the speech when they engraved it on the memorial could have fooled me. I was born after the war! But they couldn’t fool the people who were there. Roosevelt’s words are engraved on their hearts.Now I ask: ‘WHO GAVE THEM THE RIGHT TO CHANGE THE WORDS OF HISTORY’ People today are trying to change the history of America by leaving God out of it, but the truth is, God has been a part of this nation, since the beginning.

He still wants to be…and He always will be! 

Guardians Angels – the idea of Seraphim

Seraphim by Mary M. ForbesFor many years I experienced ‘coincidence or fate’ that often worked to my benefit but I didn’t think about it much. It was just part of life and the incidents often renewed my optimistic belief that things always work out in the end.

I read many articles and was brought up in a Catholic environment.  Guardian Angels were not a novel concept to me – but mostly I ignored the signs when I was younger.

Then one day it was glaring and obvious that Guardian Angels existed. There are many religions that don’t believe in Guardian Angels, but I can connect my own personal Guardian Angel to the Holy Spirit.

I began playing with the idea of a story about losing faith due to circumstances.  Seraphim became not only a story idea but a personal discovery for myself as well.  My own journey is filled with strife/stress and even disasters – but with my Guardian Angel’s help, I can see hope and maintain my optimism as well.