Emily Goldberg is a junior at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School in New York City. Emily plans to pursue a career involving biblical studies, world religions, social action. and writing. And she says she hopes to "lead a faithful community in a movement that shares the same values as Sojourners" and that she "will have the ability to inspire people in the deep ways that Sojourners has inspired me. You can read more of Emily's writing on her blog, A Leap of Faith.
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Faith is Certain and Endless
I know that the sun will rise tomorrow.
With all of the scientific facts and astronomical data we are blessed with today, I can expect to wake up tomorrow and see rays of light shining through my window.
There is also no debating time. Our clocks, both digital and internal, continue to tick onward no matter the circumstances. These are inexorable certainties in life. However, these proven facts of our existence are limited. They are not the whole story.
There are things in life we neither can physically see nor explain, and yet we choose to believe anyway.
When our little siblings place their fallen teeth underneath their pillows, hoping to see a winged fairy deliver gifts in return, they are relying entirely on an unproven belief. When students choose universities to attend, they do not know what the outcomes of their decisions will be, nor can they predetermine their futures after school. But they continue to grow and experiment with life anyway.
Even the wisest of theologians and clergy have very few answers to the questions pertaining to God’s existence that enter our minds on a daily basis. All of these situations represent something many of us hold onto so dearly: Faith.