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Faith, hope, love and trust

on Tuesday, 31 October 2017. Posted in Columns, Opinions

By: Brenda Harrison

For several years, an article entitled “Six Little Stories” has been posted on various websites, blogs, Facebook and circulated through email.

These short stories, actually comments from different sources, offer great descriptions of faith, hope, love, trust, confidence and attitude.

What is faith?

According to the Bible “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.

One of the “Six Little Stories” explains faith this way,

“Once, all of the villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer, all the people gathered but only one little boy came with an umbrella.”

This story was adapted from “The Child who Brought an Open Umbrella for Prayer” by Professor Nazeer Ahmed

Hope in action:

“Every night we go to bed without any assurance of being alive the next morning, but still we set the alarms to wake up.” Author unknown

What is love?

The Bible says, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

According to another one of the “Six Little Stories,” love is depicted by this statement, “We see the world suffering, but still we get married and have children.” Author unknown

Trust in action:

“When you throw babies in the air, they laugh because they know you will catch them.”

This comment paraphrased a quote by Abhishek Thakore.

Example of confidence:

“We plan big things for tomorrow in spite of zero knowledge of the future.” Author Unknown


On an old woman’s shirt was written a sentence, “I am not 80 years old; I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.” Author unknown

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