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, December 2, 2012

The Advent is coming

Advent happened
so we celebrate
that odd arrival
of a king

almost unnoticed
that tiny child
bundled in rags
in a cave

but no
for angels 
and wisemen
and yes
the lowest of the low
those unclean shepherds
who were not welcome
inside the church (ok synagogue)
and wondered

Advent has not happened
that great arrival
when God brings into to being
in this world
at some time
the kingdom

That time when tears
and death
and evil 
will be no more

and here we are
in between people
caught between
it has happened
it has not happened

the kingdom has begun
the kingdom is not yet fully manifest

and damn
it is hard to be in-between
in a world where we can catch glimpses of the kingdom
in a world where the kingdom seems like 
nothing more than a dim concept

so we wait
in anticipation
in hope for the kingdom to come
we pray
for the kingdom to come

But God
do not let us just sit around
passively waiting
for we are kingdom people
let us seek
with that spark of the kingdom that is in us
let us work
with the power you have placed with in us

to drag the kingdom
into this time 
and this place

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