Posted by maybelle | Posted in Insights | Posted on 14-09-2011
Tags: Journal, Rachel Remen
Since I’ve been exploring dreams and vision lately, it’s quite fitting to consider faith too. I came across an article by Rachel Naomi Remen back in 1993 which is a good read. An excerpt is captured below as well as the url to the said link:
When I was small, about five or six, they were still teaching religion in the public schools. Every week there was an assembly in which the entire school was gathered, and the principal, a fundamentalist, stood up and did a fire-and-brimstone kind of preaching. During one of these assemblies she said it was important that we get on our knees and pray three times a day because we needed to remind God that we were there. She may not have actually said this, but this is what I took away. You had to make Him look at you! Because if God turned His face from you, you would wither up and die, like an autumn leaf… and then she actually held up this large dried brown autumn leaf. As I looked at it I felt such fear, such enormous terror, because it seemed to me, even as a five-year-old, that God had a lot of things on His mind, a lot of other people. And in-between the times I was praying, He might blink and then what would happen to me? I became very insecure, depressed, anxious, and was unable to sleep.