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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Overcome evil with good

No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest in it today
Take Heaven

No peace lies in the future
that is not hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace

The gloom of the world is but a shadow;
behind it, yet within our reach, is joy
Take Joy

As so at this Chirstmas time, I greet you with the prayer
that for you
now and forever
the day breaks
and the shadows flee away
                                                Fra Giovanni (1513)

It is a world of shadows
the shadow of fear that drives us
to arm ourselves
behind defenses stark
behind anger
and fear
behind prejudice
and guns
It is a world of shadows
where people struggle alone
sitting alone
with thoughts
that drive us deeper
into the darkness
 It is a world of shadows

where people strive and fail
where violence flares and children die
where poverty robs men and women of dignity
and greed creates empty wealth

It is a world of shadows
but we can take heaven
and find the kingdom within

We can take peace
and live each moment
in the divine presence

We can take joy
as we experience the power of  divine love

It is a world of shadows 

into the shadows have come a great light
in the land of the shadow of death 
a light has dawned

love has been born

evil is not over come by evil
nor guns by guns
nor hate by hate

the light shines
and the shadow is dispelled
only by good

that's the way God works

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