Sometimes we struggle with doubts, darkness, and a resounding silence when we try to pray. Take comfort - it has happened to all the saints through all the ages. St John of the Cross - a monk and poet in the Sixteenth Century - wrote in one of his poetical works about 'the Dark Night of the Soul'.

Times of struggle and doubt seem to be an integral part of our journey towards God and appear to come to all of us at some point as we continue to grow in our spiritual lives. After all, if we didn't have times of doubt then our faith wouldn't actually be faith - it would be certainty - and probably a very unattractive and arrogant certainty at that.

Here are some quotes from other Christians to help if and when you are in that place:
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I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.
Mary Gardiner Brainard

I believe in the sun even if it isn't shining. I believe in love even when I am alone. I believe in God even when He is silent.
Unknown

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.
Paul Tillich

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
Voltaire


May God bless you in light and in darkness.

5 comments

  1. Jayne  

    8 June 2009 at 21:28

    Thank you Kath, this is a great comfort. x

  2. Dave Roberts  

    9 June 2009 at 08:55

    Thank you Kath for sharing...

    Be blessed and be holy, sister...

  3. Anonymous  

    9 June 2009 at 09:03

    Reassuring to know that such holy people in our history had doubts....and that doubts are part of faith..not the opposite..I like that!!
    Your words touch so many people Kath..thank you for taking the time to post

    Col x

  4. Kath Williamson  

    9 June 2009 at 21:13

    Thank you all for your comments.
    God's blessings be with you.

  5. Kath Williamson  

    14 June 2009 at 22:02

    Dave - I love your little walking man! Did you create him?