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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Keep God Weird

"The genius of the Gospel was that it included the problem inside the solution
The falling became standing
The stumbling became the finding
The dying because the rising.
The raft became the shore."
                                                                Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

I read a poem the other day put together by a friend
(Andrew William Smith)
And through the words was repeated a refrain

“Keep God Weird”

Which I thought was a little weird
I thought about

God is always doing weird things
(if we can blame them on God)

But the weirdest thing God does is take the messes we make
of life
of ourselves
of even love

and transform them

a “normal” God would judge
and punish
would reject and exclude

but this God takes the worst we can do
and transforms them.

Because God is love!

The love of God (who is love)
is always about transformation

It is about reversing things,
Even the darkest most difficult things, such as hurt, and failure, even death

There are times when life seems defined by words like
And yet the promise of God is this

that with God’s love those words are not the totality
of experience.  There is always

There is always hope
and the grace of God
which goes beyond all understanding

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