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

Friday, April 19, 2013

God's other name

Was thinking today
about two men
almost boys
who grew up in chaos and violence
created chaos and violence
and may well die, in chaos and violence

having worked in the Caucasus
I felt no surprise
indeed my first thought
the culture of violence in Chechnya
created these men
shaped them 
formed them
as inexorably as here in our country
family dynamics
ineffective parenting
cultures of hate
and prejudice
anger and violence
shape some of our young men and women
doom them?
ah this is the question that haunts me
can we escape our paths?
can we move away from
bad programming?
Someone once said
God's other name is surprise
out of death life
out of hate..... love?
out of chaos..... peace?
can lives battered by places of hate
and violence
by ideologies of hate and violence
be redeemed?

I struggle to say yes
but I cannot bear the idea 

God, rescue us
rescue all your broken children

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