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 22, 2015

Stop, and just be

"Presence is the naked language of union, of being lost and found in the face of the other, or in Jesus,
the very breath of the Other... All you can do is stay connected.  We don't know how to be perfect, but we can stay in union"    . Richard Rohr

"If you remain in me and I remain in in you, you can ask for whatever you want and you're going to get it."   (John 15:7).  Jesus

It is all so simple
in its magnificent complexity

It is all so easy
and the hardest thing
we ever try do

ah yes
it is confusing God

we want to be good people
better people
your people

and we try so hard
we learn the rules
we perform the rituals
we put on our spiritual masks and
seek to fool others, ourselves, even you

we deny ourselves
we immerse ourselves in goodness
we try
and work

and fail

it doesn't seem to work
we struggle
we feel alone
so very alone
we do what we would not do
and do not do what we would do
we are not who, we are not what, we would be

you must look at us lord
and chuckle a little
knowing that we have it so wrong
but finding it amusing that we try so hard

perhaps it is only after we have exhausted ourselves
that you gently say

"stop it all
stop it all you Martha's
and Stephen's and (insert your name here)

Stop it
and come and just sit with me for a while
and let us find each other
let us be just be

and then, maybe then
you will find that for which you have looked
and worked
so hard”

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