I think some of my friends and family have been surprised by how much I have talked about God and faith lately. Even I've been a little surprised by the new spiritual zest in my life.
As I've said before, I was raised a Christian...but I've always been a fairly silent believer. I was never one to break down the church doors anytime they opened, or spout off bible verses from memory. If asked about my faith, I may have been a little uncomfortable...it was important to me, it just wasn't something I discussed.
The difference is that now, when I least expect it, I remember that my son died. It starts with a sinking feeling in my stomach that something is terribly wrong, and then I remember that Rip is gone. I think, Rip is gone and there is nothing I can do to change that for the rest of my life...why am I still standing...why am I still able to go on with my day...why was I smiling an hour ago?
And then the answer is there. The only reason I am able to do those things is because Rip is in heaven. The only reason my son is safe is because there is a God. The only reason I am able to smile is because I will see Rip again one day. The only reason I have comfort is because I have faith.
So yes, I realize that sometimes these days I sound like a bit of a religious fanatic. But I thank God every day for that too.