Reason(s) to Believe

My niece’s husband was in town this evening.  He came through on an 18 hour business trip.  So we met up with him for dinner.  What a fun time!  It was nice to see him.  They’re expecting their first child.  In moments like this I appreciate sharing my voluminous knowledge of all things daddy-hood.  So when I had mentioned both of them to him we sat down to eat.

Tonight’s prompt is somewhat of a faith-inspired theme.  You all know I’m a man of faith so let’s dig in.

In Reason to Believe, Bruce Springsteen sings, “At the end of every hard-earned day / people find some reason to believe.” What’s your reason to believe?

I almost want to disqualify the prompt right off the bat on the grounds that I loathe Bruce Springsteen.  Being from New Jersey, most people assume I love Springsteen.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I won’t bore you with the details but suffice it to say I wasn’t born to run.

For me, there are many reasons to believe.  Let’s get the serious one’s out of the way first.  I believe because I have been given the gift of faith at baptism.  But in my daily life, there are so many little things that inspire me and strengthen my faith; they make me believe.

First there’s my wife.  I believe I’m not all that bad because a pretty awesome (and hot) woman wakes up next to me every morning.  She helps me believe in myself.

Then there are my kids.  I believe the world is not doomed because God created them to carry on another generation.  They help me believe in the future.

My students…  I believe in the human spirit because of their courage and joy (even when they don’t recognize it) when they face every single day of the most difficult, emotionally-challenging time of their lives learning about God’s creation with me.  They help me believe in the story of the human race.

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Follow along…

But then there’s music.  Not Springsteen.  God I hate him…  I recently recommitted myself to one of my first loves – the piano.  My kids are playing now, taking lessons.  When I play, they take notice and it inspires them in their practice.  I decided a few months ago to tackle a few new pieces every three-five months.  These are performance pieces so they take a while to master.  Back in October I sat down and started tapping out a Mozart Sonata I had found in one of my old books.  Tonight I got through the first four pages without missing a note and without the book in front of me.  Only ten more pages to go (the thing plays out over 12 minutes).  But the piece itself…

When I hear music such as this, I believe that God loves His creation.  I believe He gifted certain men with the ability to see things a little deeper, to experience a little more of His divine mind for music – beautiful music – is of God.  I believe the He wants us to rest with Him for a brief moment in our busy lives every now and then and hear some of the symphony of heaven.  I believe.  I believe that He believes in us.

Please stop and say a prayer for my brother.  If you haven’t been following, he has pancreatic cancer and is not long for this world.  A Hail Mary, anything…  You are forever in my prayers and I am grateful always.


2 responses to “Reason(s) to Believe

  1. Hello! I didn’t know your blog. Coming from a man who is not religious, I found your post very motivating and true.

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