Faith is higher and more spiritual than belief. It is a chrysalis state of human thought, in which spiritual evidence, contradicting the testimony of material sense, begins to appear, and Truth, the ever-present, is becoming understood.
Mary Baker Eddy
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, page 297)
I had power over *nothing*. And that’s when this feeling came over me like a warm blanket. I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?
From the April 25, 1936 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel
Like first faint rosy fingers of the dawn
Exploring the darkness of receding night,
Hope, tenuous, expectant, reaching out
To God, foretells the coming of the light.
Out of a night of fear,
Behold God drawing near!
And as the rising sun floods all the earth
Waking response, quickening bird and flower,
Faith, strong and steadfast, supersedes frail hope,
Declares God’s omnipresence and His power.
No longer God draws near—
Behold His presence here!
As surely comes the fullness of the day
As sunrise follows what dawn has begun,
Hope’s promise brings forth faith, and born of faith
Is consciousness of God and man at one.
His glory cannot dim—
See man at one with Him!