Appreciating Doubt

‘Appreciate that doubt and questioning can also lead to spiritual growth and to a greater awareness of the Light that is in us all.’*

Often people talk about doubt as being the opposite of faith. If you have faith then there can be no room for doubt.

However, by denying doubt and questions we limit the depths of our faith. Faith that cannot deal with uncertainty isn’t faith that will support us through the uncertainty of life.

There was once a squirrel who believed that she had found the ultimate nut. Just one nut would sustain her throughout the entire winter. The other squirrels were busy collecting and burying nuts ready for the winter. They were amazed that the squirrel was not collecting any more nuts. They asked her ‘How do you know that that one nut is enough?’ The squirrel just smiled and shook her head. ‘I have faith. I only need the one nut.’

*The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain. Advices & queries (Kindle Location 64). The Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain.

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