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

Monday, April 11, 2016

Life happens

" If you do not offer all you have
to the Beloved,
you will live this life free of that pain
which makes it worth living. "

- Shaikh Abu Saeed Abil Kheir

the only way to avoid pain
in its many guises

loss, hate, anger,
disappointment, fear
emptiness, isolation

is to avoid life

it can be done!
we can certainly protect ourselves from pain
we can hide behind protective walls of ideology and theology

we can cower in safe places with safe people
we can close our eyes to all of the things around us that rend our hearts,
to battered children,
and refugees
to the plight of people hated because of who they were created sexually

we can indeed avoid all of that
disengaging from the world
and piously reading our religious tomes
singing our songs
saying our prayers
in our sanitized bastions of virtue

but Jesus said, give up all that you have
(and that includes your safety and comfort)
and follow me

into the world

where life happens
it will hurt a little
it will hurt a lot

there will be tears and anguish
but there will also be healing and hope,
and laughter and tears,

and a life
worth the living

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