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

Friday, August 10, 2018


“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”
                                                                           Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

We all have choices
Some are easy, some are hard
Some are obvious, some are veiled

We make thousands of choices each day
From the mundane (do I get up, or sleep for five more minutes)
To the profound (am I going to exclude or include, forgive or seek revenge)

Wayne Muller says we only have one choice really
The next one

But of course that choice leads to the next one,
And the next one
And the next one

And our choices become
In a way, like the “breadcrumbs of God”

Our ultimate challenge?
To make the next choice the “right” choice
To make the choice that follows the prompting of the Sacred

We will of course make bad choices
We will wander off the path into the swamp

But God is the great innovator, and gently, or not so gently, nudges us back toward the path

Of course sometimes we get so far off the path, the only choice is to find a new path
Call it Plan B

I think I am on plan Z, perhaps even Z25

And still the choices come

We can choose to hate, chose to lie, choose to grasp, choose to bully, choose to use, choose to abuse
We can choose selfishness and cruelty as values

We can

But if we pay attention to the Sacred
To that presence within, perhaps, perhaps, our choices will be better
Perhaps we will choose love, generosity, compassion
Perhaps we will choose hope, and service

And it is good to remember
Our choices determine our direction
Are we marching toward Zion?
Or wandering into the city dump (otherwise known as Gehenna)

(sorry for those semi-obscure Biblical references, I could not help myself
I choose poorly)

Our choices do more than that
They determine who we are

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