“A Blessed Hope”

Laundromat kids making friends,  oblivious to race or “differences”

Pushing buttons on all the vending machines …  always hopeful.

Moving in tandem each one pushing buttons  that the other has already pushed.                  A blur of candy-craving motion.

This is the first ritual for four-year-olds who have made a new friend at the laundromat.

Tap, tap, tap she goes along.  Her new friend follows along behind her:  tap, tap, tap.

Sometimes  …. “candy or sodas or gum comes out of there” …. so, ya’ better push ’em!

Always hopeful … always “ready for a miracle”.

Ah, me [sigh] …  to be four years old again …                                                                                To live in a world “full of miracles.”

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God Gazes Down

 

God peers  Glowing DNAat humanity, not with earthly eyes, certainly, for God does not have eyeballs, corneas, or irises.  From this angle, the time-line and evolutionary flow and history of humanity appears to be a glowing stream, round and cylindrical, rope-like.  The golden light infused gaze of God falls upon a portion of that stream, that golden pulsing living “rope”.

Small motes dance upon and within the current of life flowing along and within the channel.

God can see us, these motes of golden energy.  God is all-powerful and all-knowing.  And though God knows the fate of the sparrow, it is up to the sparrows to fly, eat, live, and die …and hopefully to pass along their genes before their winged bodies become eternally still.

The motes of light dance on however, on into eternity.

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(For a reference regarding God’s knowledge of our fates and God’s concern for us, the sparrows, see Luke 12:6-7.)

 

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Vision for Vision, Dust from Dust

Inspired by the Sermon “Now and Then” – Rev. John W. Wurster

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That which we perceive in “the now” is so much different than what we will be able to perceive “then” … then, after our physical bodies have ceased.

I believe that all spirits are loved and chosen.  But do we choose back?  Do we not only love God but give ourselves to Him?

In any case, the sooner we begin this journey of transformation — and thus the farther we develop in “the now” … before the “then” – before our physical deaths —  the more useful we are to God in “the now”.

However, the way we are “then” – a state of spiritual attainment closer to God, and enhanced by God’s grace through Christ – this state of being more heavenly, comes sooner for prophets.

Prophets are chosen not only for their potential now, but also for what God sees when He views them “then”, in their fully developed spiritual form.  What is in them now is an internal spirit, a pupa still in its case, a seed that has been planted.

When they are chosen and begin to act in God’s will, their new state of being can be seen by others; they can be seen with an outward vision.  And so, what we see when we view them with this outward vision is their ability to see into us and into our futures … and their ability to speak to God and for God.

What God sees from an external viewpoint is viewed inwardly by the prophets when they begin to see themselves as God sees them.

When they begin to achieve and accept this inward vision of themselves and thus come to recognize God’s urgings — this is when they accept their Calling.

[That Sunday’s Sermon Texts were:  I Cor. 13:1-13 and Jer. 1:4-10]

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For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 

But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 

I Cor. 13:9-12 (KJV)

 

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Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

 

Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.

 

But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak.

 

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

 

Jer. 1:4-8 (KJV)

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The Hirsute Brotherhood

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Brian remember that time when we were riding on the subway in Brooklyn and that Orthodox Jew I think he might have been a rabbi was watching me he kept giving me side-long glances full beard to the middle of … Continue reading

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Strawberry Water Ice: A Tale of My Nephew Charles

Back then we called him Charlie (he goes by Charles now). He was nine years old and I was up in Philly visiting all of the relatives that live in that area. I was alone, neither my Mom nor my … Continue reading

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If you are ever looking for … good curry, call me up and invite me over for tea and smash-up comedy

LOVE this song, please.

“Well Respected Man” — the Kinks  (ca. 1964

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“A Subtext”

 

There is a subtext, a subliminal texture to the Universeempty space

… this is God.

 

There is a signature, a repeating pulse, a wave – a whisper of static,

Hidden in the background noise of the Universe

 

… this is God.

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And A Miner Cried Out

“There’s a light up above.”

(quoted from “Big Bad John” , words and music by Dean and Roy Acuff, performed by Jimmy Dean.)

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A Universe

Angels swimming and surfing on a sea of quantum uncertainty.

Flashes of brilliance and song.

Demons feasting on a dimming light … embers drifted in a void.

A throneroom of glory, a birth-place of stars.Amdromeda

What see we now? ….

See we then!

 

 

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Faith and Reason

They say we must approach God through faith.  Implied in this is that faith alone is effective; that faith is sufficient; that faith is superior.

I prefer reason.  Not because I dismiss faith, far from it.

My search for a closer relationship with God through reason is founded in faith.

Faith underpins my being; faith is the predecessor of my presentation of my self before God.

Faith is the beginning.  Without faith I would not undertake the journey … I would not attempt to know the heart of God.

But reason allows us to approach God.  Reason allows us to grow into a closer relationship with God.  Through reason we search out  a pathway and then proceed along it to gain a better understanding of God.

Reason also allows us to understand the limits of our ability to reason and the limits of our ability to make contact with God through intellect.

Therefore, reason allows us, in the end, to perceive the limits of reason, and then … to rely on faith.

Faith helps us begin and end the journey …  but it is a journey grounded in reason.

Now We Bow

 

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Heresy Detection Quiz — Question #6 for the Month

6.  Do you believe that “evil” exists in the Universe? If you say “yes” … you are a Heretic in the eyes of those who see only science writ large in the night skies.  They believe only in what their … Continue reading

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