Over at Jesus Creed, Scot McKnight posted on the story of Mother Teresa's struggle of faith as well as giving the Time article, worth the read. A good post as always and some helpful comments over there.
I believe faith inherently involves struggle. Yes, there is the rest of faith, and we've read of Christians who seemingly have learned to abide in this rest over years. But to deny that faith involves struggle is to deny the experience of most all of us Christians, and even denies Scripture that talks about the effort required to enter into this rest of faith.
Life and Christian life by nature is dynamic, not static. It moves on through the stories of our lives and encounters all kinds of challenges along the way. This should not surprise us when we look at the Story as found in Scripture. We read there of real life characters who encountered inward as well as outward difficulties. To deny struggle in faith, is to deny the need for ongoing growth and ongoing confession of sin.
Every step of faith that we take that brings us into a new sense of rest will be challenged; mark that. And the challenge may be over a prolonged period of time as well as repeated during that time, and in some sense can be so throughout our lives. To think anything less than this is to set ourselves up for failure- I believe, and for perhaps even our departure from faith.
What would you add to my brief thoughts on this here?