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

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Hold on!

From Augustine’s theological “no” [original sin] the hole got only deeper.  Martin Luther portrayed humans as a “pile of manure,” John Calvin instituted his now-infamous doctrine of “total depravity,” and poor Jonathan Edwards famously condemned New Englanders as “sinners in the hands of an angry God.”

                               Richard Rohr


Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ... And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

                               Paul (to the Corinthians)




when I look at the behavior of human beings

when I watch how people with power abuse it

and how people re-create God into their own image

and twist and torture the good news into bad news

and how money has become more important than people


I almost believe in the “total depravity” of human kind


I mean seriously!


We may be the children of God

created in God’s likeness

carrying God’s image


but you would never know it

by looking at how we behavior


Donald Trump alone is enough to have me join Luther

in his assessment of human beings!


So is a look in the mirror!

Paul was certainly correct when he insisted

“all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”


me too


and yet

as politicians plot

and leaders lie

and “ministers” hate (and claim to have prayed RBG to death)

and church goers throw aside the teachings of Jesus

to follow the way of domination a greed


the fact remains

we ARE children of God (even Trump)

we are created in God’s image

we are carriers of the sacred


and that means

that woven into our DNA are faith, hope and love


the faith, that this all means something

the hope that we can, and at some point will be, our true selves

the love that comes from LOVE, and permeates us, and then


even if it is only a trickle


flows from us


In this time, when it feels like there are piles of manure all around

and the temptation is there

to give up

or to become what we resist


we must be people of



and love


How do we get there?

I once read that it takes great pain and great love

to open us up to the presence of the Sacred


this is a time of great pain

and if, in this time, we can hold on to great love

love of God

and love of others


then we can make it through


that is the only way to make it through

for only great love can overcome hate

only good can overcome evil


only as we live as children of God

(as best we can)

can we bend the world away


from the chaotic, violent

hateful place

where some are valued and many are not


that some would make it


this day as the sun rises once again

my prayer is that God’s light will penetrate

my darkness

that it will light up the corners of my soul

and reveal



and love


especially love

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