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 11, 2012

Chosen by God, Just because

Its been a day Lord
full of ups and down
up with worship with Presbyterians from all over the country
up as new songs strummed the strings of my heart
up as I made new friends

Even someone from Texas
another K name
another German
cool guy!

but also downs
a lost friendship
a look at myself (yes again0
that I didn't like

damn, why do I keep acting in ways
that reveal hidden needs
hidden hungers
hidden hurts and fears?

But I was reminded God
that you have always chosen your people
just because
God chose Israel
Just because

just because
Just because
Just because
Just because

They did not earn or merit election
it was just given....
That is the way God is
that is the way grace is
"God does not love you because you are good, but you are good because God loves you."
"God does not love you because you are good, God loves you because God is good."  (Rohr)

God comes to us
implants the spirit in us
the God in us loves God
which then allows God to come back to us full measure
The "very love with which we think we are loving God is actually the love by which God first loved us"
(Meister Eckhart via Richard Rohr)

Its all about God
What we have to do is receive
which is not that easy

partly because we know we are a mess
but actually knowing we are a mess is a good thing
it has been said that the problem is not sinning, as much as our unwillingness to admit we have sinned
to see our capacity for darkness, evil, dishonesty.

this reminds us it is not about us
it really is 
all about God
and God's love
which we are stuck with!

but we must recieve
that is the key

"To allow yourself to be God's beloved is to be God's beloved
To allow yourself to be chosen is to be chosen.
To allow yourself to be blessed is to be blessed.
It is so hard to accept being accepted, especially from God.  It takes a certain kind of humilty
to surrendering to it, and even more to persist in believing it" (Rohr)

Blessings my friend!

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