the wind blows hard and cold
on the high desert sagebrush bend in the wind
and roads disappear beneath the misty white
of drift snow
a battered Trump flag, torn
flaps wildly and even more tattered
“don’t tread on me flag”
squatting back from the road a small church
huddles bleakly in the gusts
a lone sign asks the question
“where will you spend eternity?”
the threat is there
turn or burn
appease a wrathful God, or pay the price
get in line
believe the right thing
say the right thing
be against “those people” destroying our country
they grip my heart
and I ponder as the miles stretch on
and the wind continues to blow.
why does my soul hurt?
I have experienced the Sacred
I have sensed a presence
I have been comforted with loved ones die
and been lifted up when I have fallen
I have seen Sacred open new doors
when old doors close
I have felt grace
I know God as love
as One who comes to heal and restore
to fill me to overflow with
hope, peace, joy, and love
I do not know this grim God
who looms and threatens
yes, Sacred impels me to live
as a sacred child
yes, the presence of love compels me to
love, give, forgive
to seek to do no harm
to work for reconciliation
no, Sacred does not leave me untouched
another town looms
“Everyone will have to talk to God in the end”
and the chill returns
Perhaps everyone will GET to talk to God in the end
but what kind of God, what kind of presence or reality will they meet?
will we meet?
will I meet?
I believe God is love,
and so this fear-based faith oppresses me
and I wonder,
what does having a God who is angry, perhaps cruel,
for there is nothing so cruel as condemning a vast majority of human creatures
to eternal torment,
what does having a retributive God who is controlling and retributive
do to the human soul?
such a god creates angry, retributive, controlling, cruel people?
or perhaps fearful people, who for whatever reason, cannot trust
cannot accept love and grace
create an angry, retributive, controlling, cruel God?
I do not know
but I do know this
the God I know is love
and works to heal and guide
and in love
simply asks for love returned
and love shared
where will I spend eternity?
I believe I will be home
where I belong
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