M - Napoleon, Ohio
Entered on May 16, 2008
Age Group: 18 - 30
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Abraham Lincoln said, “ I can see how a man can look down upon the Earth and be atheist, but I cannot conceive how he can look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” I believe in faith.

Faith is a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. Even the biggest atheist has faith. Faith that there is no God, and that heaven and hell are just hopes that humans make up. Who’s right, and who’s wrong? Call me optimistic, but for me there is hope of change, love and God.

I’ve seen pain in my time. Trying to comfort my mother even though I knew she’d done wrong. She hurt my family in a way that nobody should even have to think about. She told me she’d get it right and do well for our family, but I had a hard time believing her. She had done everything wrong before, and now I was made to grow up way before my time. I was still a kid on the outside, but on the inside I was getting things done the way my mother should have been. She broke up everything that was important to me.

My mom has changed. It’s been a long road, and she’s nowhere near the end, but she’s doing her best. I have faith that before our days together are over, I can forgive her, and she will be that loving mother I always needed.

I never saw my mom and dad together. They were married and divorced before I knew what it meant to be a family. They both ended up remarried and happy, and I like the new parents and siblings I’ve gained. At first, I was upset that my parents chose their happiness instead of trying to work it out for me, but now I understand that it wouldn’t have been good to make them suffer. I see now that they are happier just to be my parents, and I will live everyday knowing they were right. My parents have stayed together; not with each other, but with the new love they’ve both found. A real love that only two people can share together. I have faith in love, and I know that special person for me is close by and will someday soon sweep me off my feet.

For me my faith comes from God. The thought that I really don’t have any idea what religion or the next is right. I say people can believe what they choose to believe, no matter what people will think about them. Faith is what makes me who I am, and I’ll stand by my faith till the day I die. I believe in faith.