On Hope and her sister, Faith

Image: Lautaro Andreani

If faith is blind to you, I’m afraid what you’re experiencing is not Faith, but her younger sister, Hope.

When you see the two sisters walking into the room from afar, they look very much alike.

But as they move closer, you see that your notion is far from the truth…

Hope is nothing at all like her older sister. I mean, she’s sweet and all, but she’s frail, anemic, and not very bold. She hangs out at the bar, worried and fretful.

But Faith — Faith is the real deal. Faith is a powerhouse of a woman.

Faith is on the dance floor right away. She has substance and she gets it done. She’s confident and sure of herself. Her underlying principle is the Presence of the Divine.

Unlike Hope, Faith doesn’t hold the future on a fanciful wish. She doesn’t shy away or get nervous from the ghost of uncertainty. She sees her task as breathing life into what’s yet to come into the world. Faith has conviction in the unseen.

Hope is spoiled and stubborn. She spends a lot of time complaining about things and she waits for the future to materialize to her whims before she takes action.

Faith acts first and knows the future will fall in line. She sees her Spirit as the first mover, not the outside world.

If Hope latches on to you while you’re getting a drink, I’m sorry. She can ramble on and on about how she really wanted to do this and that, but how it just hasn’t worked out yet.

I suggest hanging out on the dance floor with Faith.

If you can catch her.


Jonas Ellison is a spiritual writer, teacher, practitioner, and an interfaith minister-in-training. He helps people deepen their lives through applied spirituality while documenting his journey along the way.

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