It is my presumption that you are already familiar with my avocation. I am a collector of the spiritual stories of people who have them.
I find that I am very uplifted by hearing about the struggles and discoveries of people, especially those who come to discover that faith is everything.
I find that I learn, not just from the struggles of people, but also from their specific discoveries. Actually, this is what faith has taught me to expect. After all, this is how it should be if all of us were made different so that one day all of us will see God differently and gain something to share with the rest of our family that they would never get any other way.
It is on this basis that I am writing to you.
Please understand, I don't need to hear about some great change or accomplishment in your life. I don't need to know about some great burden you have borne. I just need to know how you became a person of faith.
You were not born with faith. Undoubtedly you once had childish ideas of many things. Maybe you were once a disbeliever, or at least a big doubter. But now you have faith. How did this happen?
If you are willing to share your story with me, I would like to hear it.
Was your faith the result of a discovery or change of mind?
Was it the product of some sort of suffering?
Is it owed to another person? (What did he or she do for you?)
Were there obstacles to believing you had to overcome? (How did this happen?)
I am also interested to know what, exactly, you believe and why-if you can say. What do you believe about God, the purpose of life on earth, death, why things happen, right and wrong?
Do you experience God? (What is this like?)
What does faith do for you?
What would life be like without it?
What, if anything, do you do to take care of your faith and maybe even make it grow?
If you share your faith, how? What do you say?
Please share your faith with me.
Thanking you in advance, hoping one day to call you a friend, I am.
P S :
Please do not say anything in your letter than would easily identify you or anyone else who did not already know your story.
Please be aware that I will feel free to edit your story for length or even clarity, but I promise not to change its essential message.
Finally, please understand that I cannot promise to use every letter I receive. Certainly you understand that I cannot post a letter that contradicts our faith, or one which for some other reason is not uplifting.
Send your letter care of firstname.lastname@example.org and put "Letter to Theophilus" in the subject line. You will receive an acknowledgement that your letter was received.