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

Monday, November 11, 2019

Love, or Not, your choice

" For evil give good,
hold no revenge ....
in the heart…
Your body will be
free of sickness,
Your life be blessed. "
                     - Baba Sheikh Farid

We are making ourselves sick
With all this anger
With all this greed
With all this fear and hate

With all this resentment
And regret

It seems we can only hold so much garbage

All of these evils we carry
Seem to leak into our souls
Making us ill

we see it in people all around us
how they are dragged down
minimized by their pasts
and their fear of the future

how they are eroded by the need to dominate
and control
and use
and abuse

we see it
for they carry their sickness in their eyes
their words
their actions

we see it as they carry it in their bodies
as they walk bent

burdened by the weight of it all

and we feel it, in ourselves
we too are part of all of this

we get caught up in it all
the anger
the pain
the hopelessness
the fear

we pick it up
we assimilate it
and regurgitate it (vomit anyone?)

we become participants
willing and unwilling

we pass it
replicate it
perpetuate it

but we don’t have to
we have a choice

to participate in evil
to respond to hate and anger in kind

to overcome evil with good
to tap into that deep will of love
that is God

to connect as vine to the branch
to the one who in whom we live and breathe and have our being

we have a choice
Martin Luther King Jr. said it well

“Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. . . . Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

The only way we truly win is through love
The only way we can love is if we are loved
If we accept the love of the Sacred, freely given, but not so freely received

So be loved
Let that love clean you
Let it see you free
Let it take out the garbage

And then

Or not

Your choice

Sunday, November 10, 2019

stay connected

"Presence is the naked language of union, of being lost and found in the face of the other, or in Jesus,
the very breath of the Other... All you can do is stay connected.  We don't know how to be perfect, but we can stay in union"    . Richard Rohr

"If you remain in me and I remain in in you, you can ask for whatever you want and you're going to get it."   (John 15:7).  Jesus

It is all so simple
in its magnificent complexity

It is all so easy
as the hardest thing 
we ever try do

ah yes
it is confusing God

we want to be good people
better people 
your people

and we try so hard
we learn the rules
we seek to fool others, ourselves, even you

we deny ourselves
we immerse ourselves in goodness
we try
and work

and fail
it doesn't seem to work
we struggle
we feel alone
so very alone
we do what we would not do
and do not do what we would do
we are not who, we are not what we would be

you must look at us lord
and chuckle a little
knowing that we have it so wrong
but finding it amusing that we try so hard

perhaps it is only after we have exhausted ourselves
that you gently say

"stop it all
stop it all you Martha's
and Stephen's
and (insert your name here)

Stop it
and come and just sit with me for a while
and let us find each other
let us be
just be

and then, maybe then
you will find that 
for which you have looked
and worked
so hard

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Values are important

Your fidelity to love, that is all you need.
No day will then match your strength.

What was once a fear or problem will see
Your coming, and step aside… or run.
                                         Hafiz (Landinsky, A Year with Hafiz, p. 184)

What do we value?
What fires up our jets?!
What gets us up in the morning
And keeps us moving through the day?

Who is important to us?
What is important to us?

We have so many choices
We can value power, and its use

A the thrill of winning
That surge when we know we are in control
We dominate
We can make it happen
For ourselves

We can value money
And all that it can buy

We can value titles
And positions

But what we value shapes
How we live

And there are risks
Huge risks

If we lust for domination and power
We risk being abusive, perhaps cruel

If we adore wealth
We risk losing sight of people

If we crave position or possessions
We risk relationships, or health, perhaps even peace

But worse, we get wrapped up in fear
And we see others a threats
Or worse enemies

We hug resources to ourselves
And while pretending to be strong
We become weak

For there is nothing weaker
Than a fearful, abusive, hoarder

It is only when everything is driven by love
That we find true strength

The strength of Jesus
The strength of forgiveness
And compassion
And generosity
And service
And sacrifice

The strength that allows us to let go of all
to gain all
to let go of ourselves to find ourselves

love casts out fear
it transforms all it touches

What do we value?
What drives us?
What gets us up in the morning,
And propels us through our day?
What gives us the strength to endure?

(the One Who Is Love).