In my life, grace has emerged when I least expected it, as a sudden and thrilling validation that my heart's deepest hopes were heard and answered, sometimes even before they were formulated as thoughts.
The benefits of walking along the path of belief are clear: faith gives meaning to both the joys and struggles of life. Faith in God means that you know that you are never alone. You know and are known.
Surely we are to put away certain childish things when we get older. But if we lose all of who we were when we were children -- the wonder, unfettered imagination and ease of faith -- we lose sight of our essential selves.