When he walked in the streets of ancient cities, I don’t think the Messiah, (some called him a prophet) tried to impress anyone with his theology or to yell louder to prove he was right.
He simply taught with stories, sometimes called parables….
or he gave examples, unique illustrations of the human heart and how we should be to each other. Here’s one of my favorites:
“Before you try to take out the speck in your brother’s eye…..you should take out the wooden plank that’s in your own eye.”
Ain’t that something?
Poetry and Image Copyright © 2021 rivers renewed
When I was a kid and into my teens, I played in the woods a lot. I was in the creek, walking the trails and there was a swing attached to the largest tree I had ever seen before, or since then.
I was very spiritual and loved historic Native American culture and Asian views of the world. In fact, I have always loved other cultures, people that are way different than I am. I’ve never lost that. My favorite academic pursuit is not writing but anthropology.
I couldn’t find God in church though. Where was He? It wasn’t until many years later that I had a personal experience with God, in the traditional sense. And I ended up clearly on the right culturally and politically.
I didn’t stay there though. Over time I began to see things that were “off”. Disturbing things really, like the way they treated women, and racial prejudice. And there was always a condemnation of others, anyone different than they were, even other Christians.
I changed spiritual directions due to tragedies in my life. However, I also became a much more open, non-judgmental person. I’m no longer a Republican. I left that mess years ago. And an evangelical church is out of the question now. That’s no longer a part of me.
I care a lot more about people now, still holding onto the core of who I am. I love and respect all people (except for bullies) I still seek to be spiritual, while loving other cultures!
So there you are! Or rather here I am!
Thank you for being here!
P. S. I still love to play in the woods.
Writing and Image Copyright © 2021 rivers renewed
Well I admit it, I’ve been holding back. After all we’ve been through within the past two years with this president, I think we’re all burned out, trying to just survive our battle fatigue.
And that’s the biggest danger, that we will not care anymore. It doesn’t really matter does it, that he’s lied so much, that he hides his money, that he does seem to have obstructed justice a number of times, that he just wants to look good,
that the AG spun the report in a positive way, causing conservatives to do the happy dance, when in fact the report isn’t positive at all.
Another protector blocking attempts to find the truth simply because, he’s “conservative”.
But it does matter when people do wrong and try to get other people to do wrong too.
Did you know you don’t have to commit a crime to be impeached?
Yes eating chicken during a hearing is stupid, and inappropriate, but we need to protect our democracy,
not a politician who believes he is above the law, and that he should be able to do whatever he wants. Nah, we don’t need that.
Writing and Image © Copyright 2019, ancient skies
Since humility says you are more important than I am,
healing comes from the birth of respect,
and the idea, that we are each
valuable and important.
Poetry and Image © Copyright 2017, ancient skies