A Few Thoughts About Ulysses, Tennyson, & the Faith of Abraham
Armed with this realization Ulysses, despite his old age and his life of restful ease gathers up his sailors to push out once more into the great unknown. Leaving the comfortable harbor of home behind him the old man Ulysses, turns to his fellow travelers and says:
“We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Like Ulysses, Abraham was an old man who set out on a journey. Abraham's journey was the journey of faith and as he encountered difficulties along the way Abraham came to understand that these difficulties, faced in light of God's promises, actually worked to deepen his faith.
To put it differently the difficulties faced along the journey of faith are not calls to seek shelter or to turn the ship of our lives toward the safety of some lazy port. On the contrary they are encouragements to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. And as we journey on, facing various difficulties and challenges, like Abraham, we find that our faith, by God's grace is greatly strengthened.
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