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

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

So Smile

“God save us from gloomy saints!”
                              Teresa of Ávila

why are so many religious people
sour and dour

does an awareness of Sacred Presence
mean one must be miserable?

Perhaps it depends on how you understand
the Sacred One

if you imagine an angry old man
demanding and ready to exclude

following might make faith bitter
a matter of seeking to please one who is all too ready
to pounce and punish

a matter of looking over one’s shoulder
made rigid and narrow with fear

but if you image that the Sacred is
all love

then there is no need for fear
after all, “perfect love casts out all fear”
(how often we forget)

and we can dare to be joyful

with no need to judge
or oppress or protect

but freed
to love
and be loved

so smile :)

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