To my friend who’s aching for the faith he’s lost, I want to say, wanting to believe is believing. Yearning, longing, aching to believe is entering into the passion and pathos of God’s love for the world — feeling for a moment what it feels like to be God. Faith begins where certainty ends. Paul said “I want to know Christ” — not “I know Christ.” Don’t let your grief paralyze you. Let it make you bolder, more dependent than ever on the power of the resurrection. And don’t let your sense of God’s absence isolate you. Jesus said “When did you see me hungry?” It sounds like you’re the one who’s hungry. Desperately hungry. Maybe it’s time you let people see Jesus in you.
– Samuel Wells, from a sermon preached at Duke Chapel on Oct. 5, 2008.