When faith is tested

A letter arrived in the mail recently from a friend who had been facing a difficult trial in her life. Although she felt she had prayed her way through it and was moving forward, she also realized that there were still some issues that needed resolving more fully.

Looking back on the experience, she wrote: "It was a hard time. I was very frightened, and the presence of God was not so easy to sense in the midst of that fear. As with all hard times in my life, it took me back to the most fundamental questions: Is there a God and, if so, what is the nature of God? I suppose that if we could answer these questions with complete assurance and full understanding, no challenge could undermine us."

August 28, 1989

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