Primitive religion is not believed, it is danced!

Arthur Darby Nock

Earth's crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
And only he who sees takes off his shoes;
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Browning

Friday, March 2, 2018

Give and take

“The slogan of Hell: Eat or be eaten.
The slogan of Heaven: Eat and be eaten.”
                                                          WH Auden

If we want hell
All we have to do is become infected with essential selfishness

Me First
America First

There is a whole litany of firsts

And going to that place means we become predators
Willing to use and abuse
Willing to do what it takes to get ahead,
Even if it means others are left behind

Eat of be eaten

If we want heaven
All we have to is be people who
While taking care of ourselves
Also seek to take care of others

It is not using too much
Not protecting too much
Not caving in to fear, or greed
Of a lust of power

Eat and be eaten
Take and give
Give and take

It is a Grand paradox
We find out way out of hell and to heaven

Not when we seek quick fixes to feel better
Not when we search for wealth and power
And comfort and safety

Not when we use wealth and power
To protect, influence, manipulate,
To attempt dodge the pain (all too often by causing pain for others).

But when give our lives away
When we see what is going on, when we face all the ugliness life brings
And then, in spite of it all,
all the pain, the danger
we just decide to follow Jesus…

In that way of generosity, compassion, inclusion, acceptance, kindness,

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