living faith

this is written after thinking about a conversation last week with a young person i mentor who asked why i choose to live with faith when i don’t ascribe to many basic christian beliefs…

i practice faith today
in preparation for the day i need it.

i practice living courage
in the hope i remember how
when life fails me

i practice reconciliation and grace
for the day when i encounter the unforgiveable
in myself or another

i practice imagining a future shaped by peace
for any moment to come whose tomorrow
seems unbearable and unlivable

i practice searching for the possibility of life
inherent in every moment
so i can trust its presence in the depths of hell…