I wonder how often your faith and beliefs have been tested There has to be stages in one’s life when our courage is tested, or what we believe in has to be questioned. I for one will admit in my case this has happened many times, and I have no doubt it will happen numerous more times in my future.
On Thursday of this week I attended the funeral of an old friend, a man who was my childhood sweetheart, in fact for a short while when in our early teens he was my boyfriend. We were next door neighbours for almost 30 years, and we saw each other practically every day, our two families were very close, and we were always there for each other throughout the bad as well as the good times. Richard and his younger sister Elaine lost their father when they were very young, and my own father became a special source of inspiration to them as they grew up and they both looked up to him.
Unfortunately, a little over 15 years ago I lost touch with Richard and his sister, (although my dad still often sees Elaine and her own family and their Mom,) as we both had now grown up and were no longer neighbours, Richard had left home to follow his dreams, and settled down with his partner Val before a couple of years later I too left home and Mom and Dad moved into their little bungalow from the big family home.
I met Val a few times at the beginning of their relationship, and remember thinking to myself at the time, how happy they would be together. They just seemed perfect together. Val had children from a previous marriage, and although she was a little older than Richard, in didn’t make the slightest difference to either of them. As it turns out I was proved right, Val and Richard were made for each other, and it was only in recent months as Richard knew he was dying that they decided to marry through the process of a handfasting ritual. Vals children had their own children making Richard and Val grandparents, but Richard accepted them as his own. In addition to this his younger sister had two daughters and he had a very special bond with them.
For several years Richard had followed his true beliefs and found happiness as a Druid, in fact his full name was Archdruid Sir Ghyll Ursa Otter Lionheart. What he truly believed in and understood had help steer him through his life. It wasn’t until after the funeral ceremony that I asked myself the question, how many of us can really say hand on heart that their religious beliefs are what steer us through our lives. And just how strong are our faiths?
My friend Richard, also known as Ricky had a great of faith and understanding in what he believed in and in the last few months of his life despite fighting to the bitter end with prostrate cancer, he never gave up. He was a man who lived his life to the best, more importantly he chose his own path. For a number of years he chose to follow the path of his own beliefs as a Pagan he believed in complete equality in his relationship with Val.
I am the first to admit I don’t know a great deal about this following, and there are people out there who would probably laugh still at the idea of having these beliefs in this day and age, but there is something to be said for people who do find their own peace in life by following and wholeheartedly embracing in to their lives something that gives them joy happiness and a sense of existing in their lives. And to that my old friend I salute you….RIP Ricky, and I sense that because of you following your dreams and your beliefs you are still happy where you are now.
Climb Til Your Dreams Come True
Often your tasks will be many,
And more than you think you can do.
Often the road will be rugged
And the hills insurmountable, too.
But always remember,
The hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem,
And with Faith in your heart
And climb ’til you reach your dream.
For nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it,
And you have the faith to believe.
For faith is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill,
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in God’s wisdom and will.
For faith is a mover of mountains,
There’s nothing that God cannot do,
So, start out today with faith in your heart,
And climb ’til your dream comes true!
by: Helen Steiner Rice
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