In order to realize the universal world of True Love, trust must be restored.
No one exists alone. We all exist in relationship to God, to other people, and to nature.
Without God, there would be no existence, no life, no love.
Without our parents we would not have been born.
In his description of the psychosocial stages of human development, Eric Erickson says that when a baby is born, the first crisis that he or she faces is “trust or distrust.”
Trust is a fundamental prerequisite of a healthy psyche. Trust is fundamental to loving relationships.
Do I trust God? Can God trust me?
Can I trust you? Can you trust me?
Am I capable of trusting? Am I trustworthy?
In English, the words trust and faith share some common connotations. The word trust is derived from Teutonic: Old English, Old Norse, Germanic. The word faith is derived from the Latin fidere. In origin, both words refer to a common quality of relationship. I can confide in you without fear of betrayal. I can rely upon you. I know that you are true.
So trust is related to honesty, sincerity, reliability, responsibility, vulnerability, and truth.
In the biblical story of the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were naked and unafraid. The existed in relationship with God and with each other. God, Adam, and Eve had no reason not to trust one another. Their love for one another was growing.
In their relationship with each other and with God, Adam and Eve were creating their reality, and it was a reality based in love and trust. God had created Adam and Eve to be co-creators. God trusted Adam and Eve.
God gave Adam and Eve responsibility. He asked them not to eat of the fruit of the tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent introduced doubt. Adam and Eve ate of the fruit and trust was destroyed.
When trust is betrayed, it is very difficult to restore. This is true in all relationships. It is true between parents and children, between husband and wife, between friends, between business partners, in organizations, in communities, between leaders and followers, in politics, and between nations.
In order for there to be peace, trust must be restored. In order for there to be love, trust must be restored. In order for their to be happiness, trust must be restored.
Trust is a mystical healing power that comes from opening one’s heart to the power of God’s love.
God can be trusted.
God is the rock, the cornerstone of restoration.
In your inmost heart, call out to God to show you the Way.
God will guide you and God’s love will overwhelm you.
Then we can expand the foundation. Step by step, open your heart to others.
If you are trustworthy others will trust you. If you extend your trust to others, gradually they will reciprocate.
But do not be discouraged if they don’t. Pray for them, forgive them. This is a process. God will guide us to restore a community of trust.
Step by step, dear Heavenly Father, please help us to restore trust in out families, amongst friends, in our communities, in our nations and amongst nations. Help us to restore trust amongst all people of different races and cultures in our world.
In God we trust.