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, January 9, 2014

Hate = Hate

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is the eternal rule.

Sometimes Lord
it seems like hate wins

it wins in the voting booth
it wins on Facebook
it wins at the dining room table

sometimes it seems that way
and yet Lord
you have shown me
you have shown all of us
although we can’t seem to see

that hate never really wins
for what is that momentary victory
compared to the ongoing pain
and damage
that hate brings

a child
a woman
a man
a country
a world?

we have tried to respond to hate with hate for
thousands and thousands of year

from the beginning of time

and here we are
the more we advance
the more blessed with are
with tools that could conquer illness
that could bridge the wide chasms between people

and we use them to wound
and kill
instead of communicating love
we communicate hate

and so we die
as a world
as a nation
as a culture
day by day
moment by moment
shooting by shooting
insult by insult

Lord deliver us from our blindness
teach us that HOW we seek
to promote our beliefs
our values
our way

that how we do it

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