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

Sunday, November 25, 2012

All we can do

"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 remainin 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 
you people

and we try so hard
we learn the rule
we seek to fool

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

1 comment:

  1. I feel like you have been reading my mail I have been praying for direction and all I have been getting is be still it will come and of course I can't leave it alone and be still I have to try one more time to make something happen then get angry at myself and at God for it not working out the way "I" think it should. Why can't I just listen and learn and enjoy the peace that he offers I have done nothing in this life that actually worked out that was of my own making. Thank God He is merciful and patient and loving all the things I want to be.