gratitude and faith, by Tzvi Schnee
I am thankful to be alive. I am thankful that my soul was preserved during the night, and restored to me this morning. Also, I am truly grateful for my belief in G-d, bestowed upon me from an early age until now. Over the years, my belief in the existence of G-d has morphed into emunah (faith). In this sense, faith, according to at least one rendering within the world of chasidism, has to do with the belief that G-d is sovereign. In other words, emunah is the belief that everything that happens in the world is either according to his will or permitted by Him.
Therefore, we are to accept the bad as well as the good in our lives, for there is a purpose even to what we would consider negative. Ultimately, the challenge to emunah on an existential level, is to wrestle with all that does not appeal to us, even the most trivial of annoyances in our day to day lives. If all is from H’Shem, in accordance with his hasgachah peratis (divine guidance), then every detail in our lives counts for something, for example, whether for our self-improvement, the refinement of character, or the greater good. With this in mind, I am less likely to be disconcerted by the unpleasant situations in my life. Instead, I try to perceive how they are for my own spiritual growth.