Belief? I can’t write “I believe” without thinking of the popular song from decades back….”I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows…” While that song is not overtly religious, it touches on a positive sense of life and it’s enduring challenges and blessings. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the October 26, 2015 edition of Communities Digital News, shares some thoughts on the religious sense of believing and how, for him, practicing his beliefs matures into an understanding of God and His connection with His creation. Here’s Eric:
What we believe, particularly relating to religion, is not the easiest thing to share with others. One trick I’ve learned, however, is that, rather than trying to explain what my religion teaches, it’s much easier to stick with what I’ve discovered and what I continue to discover as I put these teachings into practice. This tends to make the conversation more dynamic and, frankly, a lot more interesting.
Perhaps this is why I found “Belief,” the Oprah Winfrey-produced series which aired last week on OWN, so compelling. As Diana Butler Bass puts it in her Washington Post review, “‘Belief’ is not a standard world religions course that teaches the great global faiths by focusing on religious leaders, institutions, dogma or religious practices and rituals. Instead, the show delves into the territory of spiritual experience by telling the stories of people within various religious communities, presenting contemporary religion from the perspective of on-the-ground faith.”
Something else I’ve learned is how helpful it can be to revisit and, if need be, re-evaluate my beliefs every now and then, even the meaning of the word itself.