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, August 1, 2019

In this moment

“When Moses says, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh?" God answers not by telling Moses who he is, but by telling him who God is, saying, "I will be with you" (Exodus 3:12)”
 Harold S Kushner

“To recognize that the Psalms call us to pray and sing at the intersections of the times--of our time and God's time, of the then, and the now, and the not yet--is to understand how those emotions are to be held within the rhythm of a life lived in God's presence.”
 N.T. Wright

In this time and place
In this time
And in this place

In this moment of history
As the planet perishes
And greedy people speed it on its way

In this moment
As vulnerable people, fleeing poverty and death
Are crowded into inhumane island of neglect and filth
By a government that is intentionally cruel
(we’ll show them)

In this moment
As more and more people
More and more children
Die because of our love of guns
Which is really a love of power and its use

In this moment
When the space around us is filled
With lies and hate
Fear and greed

Our time and Sacred time intersect

The sacred and the profane intersect

It all comes together
The past
The future

It all comes together in this moment

And in this moment whether we grieve or rejoice
Celebrate or mourn
Dance or plod
Rise up or fall

In this moment
God is

For all of life
With its horrors and its beauty
Is greed and its generosity
Its hate and its love

All of life is lived
Within the context of Sacred Presence

When we fear the collapse of our nation
When we mourn the loss of compassion
When we burn indignantly at the abuse of migrants
When our hearts soar at the rising of the son
When we are overwhelmed with lies and grandiosity
When we are humbled by those who quietly serve

God is

When we look at ourselves
And believe we are not enough
Not strong enough
Caring enough
Generous enough

To fight the evil around us
To penetrate the darkness
To bend history toward justice and equity
To love in the midst of hate

God is

And says simply
It’s not about you

It’s about US
It is about me, in you

For I will be with you

And there is nothing you can do
About that

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