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, May 22, 2020


“Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape. ”
                      William S. Burroughs

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”
                      Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

we sit in our homes
some of us
sheltering in place
hoping it will all go away, and life can return to normal

we protest in the streets
some of us
howling at the injustice of it all
wanting simply to go back to the way things were

this is one of those times
when the world has been turned upside down
and there is that lingering fear for some
and lingering hope for others
that this is indeed “the end of the world as we know it”

this is not the first time humanity
has reached a moment of discontinuity
when an intrusion so powerful occurred

that life shifted

the Bible is full of such stories
The Garden of Eden
The tower of Babel
The Flood
The Exodus
The Exile
The Incarnation

and what is revealing about these moments
is how all of these moments of change
of transition
are times of both suffering and hope
are times of resistance and acceptance

it seems that change does not come easily
left to ourselves we often would simply
not change

in our comfort
even in our discontent
we often resist those transitions that would move us forward
toward newness

which is why change so often comes
through times of turmoil
and pain
and suffering

we have to be dragged
kicking and screaming
into that place where we want to change
where we accept the need to change

and even then
even we begin the trek to the new land
we waver
howling in the desert
like the people of Israel
newly freed

“we wanna go back!”

but we can’t go back
the land flowing with milk and honey lies ahead
through the wilderness
through the wasteland

the way forward
will take time
our “40 years”
it will take leaving behind terrible things
and leaving behind precious things

it will demand our acceptance
of new realities
new priorities
old and new values

and we will not like it
we might well hate it
but we must embrace it
and it will be

in the end
Good News
A magnificent defeat

I love the words of Sonya Renee Taylor
Who wrote on Instagram

“I feel like the bearer of news that sounds awful but actually is not.
We will not go back to normal.
Normal never was.
Our pre-corona existence was not normal
other than we normalized greed,
disconnection, confusion,
rage, hoarding, hate and lack.

we should not long to return my friends.
we are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment.
One that fits all of humanity and nature”

This is a time of anguish
This is a time of discontent
This is a time of desperation

This is a time to let go
This is a time to embrace
This is a time of hope

This is a time for “God’s New Thing”

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