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 12, 2017

Walking Blind

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Hatred ceases through love.
This is the eternal rule.

Sometimes Lord
it seems like hate wins

it wins in the voting booth
it wins on Facebook
it wins at the dining room table

sometimes it seems that way

and yet Lord
you have shown me
you have shown all of us,
although we can’t seem to see,

that hate never really wins

for what is a momentary victory,
compared to the ongoing pain,
and damage
that hate brings?

How do with ignore what hate has done
and is doing, to
a child
a woman
a man
a country
a world?

we have tried to respond to hate with hate for
thousands and thousands of year

from the beginning of time

and here we are!
the more we advance,
the more blessed with are
with tools that could conquer illness,
that could bridge the wide chasms between people

the more we use these good gifts
of power and affluence

to wound
and kill

and so we die
as a world
as a nation
as a culture
day by day
moment by moment
shooting by shooting
insult by insult
tweet by tweet

Lord deliver us from our blindness
teach us that HOW we seek
to promote our beliefs
our values
our way

that how we do it

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