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, August 6, 2018

Never Quit

Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief
Do justly now
Love mercy, now
Walk humbly, now
You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it
                                                            A “gathering” of statements from the Talmud

The world is in pain
Evil people are in power
With no compassion, no sense of other

They are legislating and promoting cruelty and hate
The “enormity” of what is happening
To the poor, to minorities, to the earth

To all vulnerable creatures and all creation
Is unmeasurable

And those who see the earth
And see the poor
And see the young black man
And see the immigrant mother who has lost her child
And see the person with an addiction
And see the person with mental illness

Those who look into the eyes of the suffering and say
I see you


We grieve about the damage,
The minimization, marginalization, oppression

We grieve to see so many wounded
With hope stolen

But we cannot stop
We cannot quit
We cannot let these people win
Who seem to have lost their own souls

Who seem to have lost their humanity
The divine spark
The Sacred presence

These empty ciphers cannot be allow to define the future
They cannot be allow to dictate how things will be

And we cannot, by inaction (or collaboration)
Compromise our own inheritance as Sacred Children

So we must each day see what is in front of us
All the beauty, all the ugliness
All the joy, all the pain

And we must walk
Sometimes in the darkness, where we stumble
And fall
And feel pain

Sometimes in the light
Where the way is more clear

But we must walk
Living justice (where there is no justice)
Living mercy (where there is cruelty and shaming)
Living humility (where there is arrogance and power lust)

Letting the Spirit rock and roll in our souls
And living love

And we must never quit

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