Projekt 8.25 (subset #14: Reach out and touch faith)

Posted: 2016-09-16 in ©ddr7hd, Faith, Hoping For Some Hope, Projekt 8.25

I pulled the book from the shelf.

“You believe that shit?” the voice from behind asked, accused.

“Uh, I’ve got faith,” I replied, surprised.

“Prosperity gospel bullshit.”

I turned around to face the man, he was black, overweight, tired-looking and cynical, giving me the impression of a lifetime of disappointment. Nonetheless, there was something about him, a residual spunk, a certain spark in the embers of his eyes. He raised his left eyebrow, looking at the cover of the book, then looked straight into my eyes, unblinking.

Seconds passed. He was waiting for me to speak, maybe he wanted the satisfaction of an argument. I hardly felt equipped to be the voice of hope.

“Well, I believe in God: the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And I don’t see any point in believing in a God who doesn’t love me or want the best for me. Grace and peace, sure, and why not physical prosperity too? It’s not just about money. I hope I can find happiness in this life.”

“You still waiting, huh, I can see it in your eyes, like me,” he nodded as he spoke, knowingly.

“Yeah, I’m still waiting.”

“Meantime, I hope you ain’t been giving all your money to these people, trying to buy your slice of the promise,” he smiled briefly, emphasizing the word *promise*.

“No.” I shook my head and smiled in return.

“Don’t you forget it. Go well.” He turned around and walked out the bookstore.

I put the book back on the shelf and wondered about the difference between belief and faith.


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