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 21, 2014

God Arrives


Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. ~Norman Vincent Peale


sorry Norman
but you’ve really got it scewed up
Christmas does not make the world softer or more beautiful

Christmas, he advent
The arrval of God is rarely
Soft and comfortable

Ask mary, pregnanant and unwed at 15
Oh yeah!  Right!  Easy, cool, special
Well it was, but it sure as hell wasn’t easy

I don’t even want to go into that mess

Then we have dirty shephereds
And caves passing as mangers
And babies being murdered

Christmas is real
Very very real

We don't choose God coming
or how God comes
or the implications of how God comes

when God comes it is often difficult

and yet all we can do it go with this uncomfortable
inconvenient God
and do the best we can with that
that comforting
that disturbing
power that comes

all we can do is make something happen
something new
something life changing
something life deepening

and that
I think
Is the whole point!

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