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, January 10, 2016

If there is no love

If there is no communication then there is no respect. If there is no respect then there is no caring. If there is no caring then there is no understanding. If there is no understanding then there is no compassion. If there is no compassion then there is no empathy. If there is no empathy then there is no forgiveness. If there is no forgiveness then there is no kindness. If there is no kindness then there is no honesty. If there is no honesty then there is no love. If there is no love then God doesn't reside there. If God doesn't reside there then there is no peace. If there is no peace then there is no happiness. If there is no happiness ----then there IS CONFLICT BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION!”
― Shannon L. Alder

from Ammon Bundy
pontificating from the sagebrush of Oregon
to “that guy” on Facebook
whose logic is illogical (except to him)

to those who follow the high priests of hate and selfishness
and become a part of rabid political mobs,
attacking peaceful people who just happen not to agree with them

to all those who live in a world of “me”
and can only see their side of the issue
think of the impact on them
(who cares about the long term impact to other people, or the earth, or….)

We live in a world that is losing its mind
We are out of touch with others (isolated and angry)
We are isolated from ourselves ( we have so little insight it is scary)

and we lose our way
and sink into the quicksand of
“me” and “mine”,

We ooze resentment and outrage
and subsequently are losing compassion
and empathy

and we are destroying
and peace

it has happened before
and every time it has
a nation
and eventually the earth
has become a place of horror

there are those that cry God is disappearing because
of gays
or Planned Parenthood
or because school sponsored public (and publican) prayer is not allowed (no one can stop a prayer BTW)

if God is disappearing
it is because we
are denying sacred presence
by denying what God is all about


what scares me
is that these angry, hateful people
with their strange delusional realities

make me angry
and hateful
and cause me to become much like them

I need to let that go
the way to overcome evil (people like Trump)
or so the Bible advises

is not with evil
but with good

God give me the strength
To take a deep breath
And reach out
In love
To and in love and keep my hands busy
And my mouth shut
(when speaking will do no good)

Lord help me 
to be an instrument of your peace

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