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, January 1, 2021

Hope Rises

That peace

will rise like bread

we can always hope


That justice

will flow like wine

we can always hope


That the table

will make strangers kin

we can always hope


That our hope

will rise like bread

we can always pray

                     Jan Richardson  In Wisdom’s Path



we stumble dazedly out of a demented year

like crazed teenagers in a horror movie

having made every bad choice available


we have chosen individual freedom over common good

Chosen retribution instead of reconciliation

Chosen domination instead of servanthood

Chosen violence instead of dialog


and now

we stumble toward a new year

uncertain of whether we

are running away from danger or into danger


“ya’ll better hold on tight” one sage proclaimed

“2020 is fixin’ to turn 21 and start drinking”


but we want to hope

we are built, I think, for hope


we hope as people have always hoped

for peace, and justice and equity

we hope that people will learn to live together


in a world where all are valued

all are welcomed

all are accepted

where all gather, together, at the table of Love


but where do we find true reason for hope?


the Instagram poet Atticus once wrote

“some say

the sun is god –

and you don’t see

the sun


who it warms”  (The Truth About Magic)


we find hope in the sun

we find hope in the sun rise

we find hope in the snowcapped mountain

that looms in the light of a full moon


we find hope in the light


not just the light of the sun

but in the light was incarnation

in the light that was Jesus


we find hope in the fact that the light came into the darkness

and was not overcome

we find hope in the reality that the light comes, and come, and come again

into the dark corners of our hearts

into our lives

and is not overcome


We find hope in the fact that when we believe in, and embrace Love,

believe in the incarnate presence that was (Jesus)

and believe (ongoing) in the incarnate presence that is (the Spirit)

we have the “power” to be Sacred Children, all of us


Believing is not a belief

It is not intellectual assent


It is the active ongoing embracing of love

of hope


it is trust, intimacy

commitment, passion


it is opening, letting go

it is being taken over

by the yeast of heaven


so that hope rises

like bread



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