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The Gift of Faith

People ask, “Do you have faith?”
Well, do you?
How do you know?
Do you even know the meaning of faith?

Can you comprehend “obligation?”
Do you understand “loyalty and fidelity”
to a person, promise, engagement, or a diety?
Can you accept the observance of your obligations,
the fidelity to your promises, oaths, and allegiances?
If so, your are blessed with faith.
If not, you are hopelessly devoid of faith’s essence.

The value of faith cannot be measured.
It is more precious then any commodity 
and cannot be bought nor sold.
If you lack it, faith is only
accessible through prayer.
No one is worthy of faith
and faith is never based on proof.

Faith is a heavenly gift, 
a gift from “The Holy Spirit.”
It is neither earned or deserved 
and ought never be taken for granted.
Faith permits acceptance of our “Lord and Savior”
and HIS “Holy Sacrifice”
that alone can save our souls.

Faith is your connection to the divine.
If you lack faith, pray for it.
If you have faith, cherish it.

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  1. Date: 4/21/2010 12:40:00 AM
    Wonderful write, love Simone

  1. Date: 1/6/2009 9:19:00 AM
    SO truth... when i was younger i use to go to church and see hear the pastor speak and the people get excited, this poem breaks down what is real and what is for show. enjoyed reading it and have a nice day. Dont laugh at my poem BABYS..... TAKE THE TEST

  1. Date: 12/29/2008 8:46:00 PM
    The best poetic definition I have ever read... you have captured 'faith' magnificently! Best wishes, Keith (PS thanks for your kind words regarding 'Wayward.' How do I go about submitting it to Blue Frog?)

  1. Date: 12/8/2008 1:49:00 PM
    Dear Ed - A wonderful verse filled with inspiration and hope. I wanted to stop in and wish you, your family and your loved ones a Happy & Blessed Holiday season. Thank you for all your support and kind words on my poetry this year. I truly am both humbled and honored - your friendship means a great deal to me and I wanted to thank you for that! Peace and happiness always, John

  1. Date: 11/19/2008 8:37:00 PM
    Amen. We are suppose to come to Christ with the heart of a child and it is all about what is in your heart. Thank you for sharing this wonderful, thought provoking piece. Robin Gass

  1. Date: 11/19/2008 3:06:00 PM
    Hello Ed A beautiful message of your love and devotion to your faith. Very well written! Hey, I just wanted to thank you so very much for your kind words and invititation to submit my poetry to your magazine. They are songs however and I'm hoping to make them sing ha! So because of potential conflict of interest I will pass for now. But, who knows what the future holds. Happy Holidays to you and yours and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful poetry in the future! Love Light Truth P

  1. Date: 11/17/2008 10:01:00 AM
    Love the message within this and the clear affirmation of your faith. It is wonderfully detailed and defined and the thoughts flow effortlessly upon reading. Very well written. Michael

  1. Date: 10/9/2008 12:18:00 AM
    So true and challenging Ed.Best wishes with your book.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments

  1. Date: 10/1/2008 12:51:00 PM
    Ed this poem is very well written and carries a powerful message - I was both pleased and honored to receive your offer - When I navigated to the page it said, "Error 404" so I went to Submissions & Guidelines and it said to e-mail my submission which I did. I hope I did correctly. I have a user name and pass word now and if you have time my e-mail is to let me know if I did correctly - Thank you for your time & Respect Sir.

  1. Date: 9/18/2008 4:50:00 PM
    Love the last stanza. Faith is truly a gift. Thank you for sharing these inspirational words of truth. Blessings to you for using your talent to forward this message. Karen

  1. Date: 9/16/2008 3:24:00 AM
    Lovely!! Faith seems to be ever so rapidly dwindling out of humanity, only greed and deceit seem to be remaining behind!! Pride and arrogance rule yonder!!! Well done Peace Fathima

  1. Date: 9/4/2008 10:57:00 AM
    faith commith by hearing and hearing the word of God. you cannot pray without faith. jhl

  1. Date: 8/27/2008 9:53:00 PM
    This is such a wonderful poem of faith. It flows very well and is right on point. I truly love reading the message. Great job! ~Joseph

  1. Date: 8/25/2008 6:28:00 AM
    wow is you hit the nail in the head with this write you just blessed my soul my God bless yours as will

  1. Date: 8/23/2008 6:19:00 PM
    Faith is not seeing what is there, but you know it is there. We can't see air, but we know it is there. The Bible we have to believe in it by faith. this was a very good poem with a great message.

  1. Date: 8/23/2008 5:05:00 PM
    My dear Ed, what a magnificent write. Deeply profound in it's truth. So much here. I believe my favorite line is "...and faith is never based on proof." Faith is so personal and perhaps quite different for each of us, but none the less, it is the truest blessing of all. I truly appreciate this write so very much. Beautiful. Love, Shar

  1. Date: 8/23/2008 4:37:00 PM
    this is so true, faith is neither desrved or earned you have to get it through Holy spirit, no amount of money can buy it, and if you have it definitley treasure it, it's more precious thatn refined gold, silver or money, I have faith, and it can move mountains, it only takes a mustard seed worth, great write, take care D-nyce