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

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Advent - Joseph

How long will grown men and women in this world
keep drawing in their coloring books
an image of God that
makes them
Meister Eckhart


Oh God
I can picture poor Joseph
standing there
looking at the woman he thought he knew

her eyes full of fear
her belly swollen

I can picture poor Joseph
his head full of the teachings
of the keepers of the Law

I can picture poor Joseph
afraid of what people might think and say
afraid of what God
that angry God who demands righteousness and judgment

that God of Laws
engraved in stone
that God of wind and ire
might think of him if

God forbid
he see this woman
no, this girl
with the eyes of acceptance and compassion
with the eyes of love

I can picture poor Joseph
his head whirling
wanting to satisfy this harsh God he imagined
and yet, in love
wanting something far different
than anger, and judgment and exclusion

and then the angel came
and gave him
and a new Way
and love

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