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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Advent - the Biblical Scholars

ow long will grown men and women in this world
Keep drawing in their coloring books
Images of God that
 Makes them
                                Meister Ekhart

buried in the bowls of the palace
the theologians
pouring over their tomes
reading and things
organizing thought
and believe
until dogma and law
suck all life out of faith
and Yahweh becomes a concept
and faith a legal system

and then the pondering is interrupted
in messy revolting ways
stinking of camels
oil barons from the east
demanding news regarding a disturbance in the force

“We have seen signs” they cry
Something is happening!
God is alive and moving!

The theologians turn to their books
They research
They pontificate
The present a theologically correct statement
About stars and a new king

And then they turn back to their books
And their dogma
And their laws

They continue to draw dusty breaths
In the dry staleness
and sink back sadly
 into obscurity and death

while outside
in the dark
stars shine
angels sing
babies are born
gifts are given
and life and faith


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