I first became a Quaker because of my own personal experience of God. I knew many people who talked about God, but I was always a doubting Thomas – I needed to see and touch for myself before I could believe. And God, with great mercy, granted me this. God showed up in my life, demonstrating love and power in ways that I could no longer deny.
|Young Adult Friends Gathering at Burlington, NJ – 2007|
The truth is, my faith was weak. Rather than being based in a profound trust of my Creator, my faith was built on the shaky foundation of psychological and emotional states. When I felt connected, when the movement of the Holy Spirit was readily apparent to me, it was easy to believe. But things felt very different when the euphoria faded. In the face of the humdrum of everyday life – not to mention the times of darkness, when God seemed distant from me – it was easy to question all of my previous experience of God. Was that all God was? A fleeting rush of hormones?
|Planning Committee – Young Adult Friends Gathering – 2008|