Mourning for my grandfather

This is diffiult to write, but my dear grandfather has recently passed away. I did not get to see him much because we were separated by seas and politics. However, I am eternally grateful that I was able to see him 2 years ago and spend time knowing him.

He took us around town and showed us the sites vague from my childhood memories, including the monuments of war. He then bought us pizza and sat together with us outside with the sun shining on our faces. He took us to the lake where he fished and had a country cottage nearby with his trusted dog. He sat together with us and showed me childhood photos together where he held me in his arms and I saw love on his face. When he asked us if we wanted ice cream, we replied that it was OK as there was none left. We did not know that he got onto his bike at night and peddled in the dark just to bring his grandchildren some ice cream. We sat together and we ate and we were joyous that we were able to spend this time together after years of being apart.

My grandfather was a brave man who faced and survived many trials in his life. His upbringing was not easy, but he did not let it stand in his way and he made his own success. My grandfather was a good man but he also had some faults. I know there was goodness and darkness but I pray to God that goodness overcame the darkness.

Grandfather, I dedicate this to you. May God have mercy. I hope you are with Him.

‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted’ -Matthew 5:4

‘So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand ‘ -Isaiah 41:10

‘For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands’ -Corinthians 5:1

There is hope for all. Grandfather, I love you. Thank you for our happy times together. May you be eternally at peace, my grandfather.

Бог с вами. я люблю вас, дедушка.

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What made you believe in God?

There are many reasons which have made people believe in God, and some of the main ones are explored below. For many people it is a mixture of different reasons! Please do share your own experiences in the comments below and which of the points you most identify with. So without further ado, here are some reasons for why you might believe in God.

1. You have believed in God for as long as you can remember

You were probably brought up with faith and learnt about God from an early age. You may have attended church regularly and been shown an example by your elders. You were familiar with the traditions ever since you were a child and it is something you have followed through with.

2. You instinctually know that God exists

God existing just makes sense to you! You may have a feeling deep inside, an emotional intelligence which innately tells you that there is a universal force out there.

3. You have had a profound experience which had led you to believe in God

Some may call it coincidence, but you know better. God has shown His love for you in some way or shown you signs. He may have guided you in times of confusion and led you to the right path. You may have previously believed in God and have had your faith strengthened, or have found God when you thought you were an Atheist before.

4. You have read the scriptures

You have read about God and/or Jesus and have come to the conclusion that this not only makes sense, but is the faith you wish to follow. The scriptures have inspired you to be a better person and to show belief in God.

5. You recognise that some things about the universe cannot be explained by science

What is love? Where did the universe come from? Do we have souls? Science often gives very blunt replies to these answers because there is not always a way of explaining what can be experienced inside or what cannot be seen. You recognise that there is more to this universe than what humans can suggest.

So those are the 5 main reasons I can think of. Let me know if there is anything else in the comments and which of these apply to you!