Watercolor by Consilia Karli
GOD WANTS PRAYERS?
I’ve spent my life praying. I can assure you…
God has absolutely no need for prayers and no desire for them. Neither does God wait for our petitions in order to grant favors.
We need to examine the whole concept of prayer and why we pray:
…so prayer can help us lay down our judgments and assumptions about self, others, life, the world, God, et al
…so prayer can help OPEN our minds to the MYSTERY OF LIVING unfolding before our eyes at every moment
..the mystery of each of us, the mystery of our relationships and our times.
Pope Says People Should Doubt Church
Again, doubt is an important element of faith. After reading Kyle Cupp’s article above about the pope, read the book NOTHING SACRED by Douglas Rushkoff. “Many will be outraged and even furious at Rushkoff for for daring to revise the Jewish tradition of self-questioning.” This tradition should be an all-faith tradition so that religion doesn’t degenerate into idolatry.
This Emptiness, this NOTHING of which Rushkoff speaks in his book is space for the divine to emerge in the midst of us. This NOTHING is SACRED! This is definitely a book for people of all faiths to read and study together!
Perfectly Imperfect World
Perfect gods are boring and stilted and static and dead.
No need for intercourse or interaction with us.
They just make rules or rituals for us to follow.
Or do we make the rules and rituals to fit our perfect gods?
A real God would never be perfect.
A real God would never create a perfect world,
For that would be a world as dead as a perfect god.
A real God would be intercoursing back and forth with us,
wanting to know us more intimately,
wanting to experience the mystery of us,
calling that mystery forth from us,
as only Love does.
“Learning to Soar above it all” by Consilia Karli
Enough of wimpy “God is love” stuff. What good is that in the face of people who are suffering untold injustices and violent prejudices? Promises of “I will save you” don’t give us the fierce courage we need to move beyond the traumas that life brings.
It always helps, of course, to remember that we are loved. But to be loved by a god which has power to alleviate suffering, one which has the power to liberate the oppressed…how does such a god love and leave us to endure what “He” has the power to undo?
Instead we need a God who loves us fiercely, one which doesn’t take on the role of softy savior or almighty healer/ liberator from on high, god of cartoon kid-heroes.
What if we had a God with fierce faith in us, one who never gives up on us, one which refuses to let us get away with wimping out on life?
As long as we keep God in a lockbox, “He” will rust or be eaten by moths or stolen by thieves. (See Matthew 6:20)
You know, when we put our ideas of someone in a lockbox, then we relate to our ideas of that person. We don’t allow them to be who they are in any given moment.
We demand that they be who we say they are. When someone is in my lockbox, they can’t change. I won’t let them.
When we are in someone’s lockbox, we can’t change. We can’t be the real and ever-new person we are in each moment.
That lockbox may be full of the best qualities, the purest intentions, but it still kills.
Sometimes we put ourselves in the lockbox we or others have made for us.
Often we put God in a lockbox, a lockbox which others have made for us.
Only we can break it open!
Watercolor by Consilia Karli…Alien
ARE YOU THERE, GOD???
Is Rogue God there when you need a God there?
Or are as we as alone and alien as we sometimes feel?
Would a rogue god be off in his own separateness sometimes
…like a mother wanting to get away from her children in all their neediness?
Does Rogue God, like parents, have to leave us on our own
…so we don’t become dependent on constant contact?
…so we develop confidence in our own strength and ability?
…so we learn how to depend on and relate to each other?
…so we learn how to be “separate yet one-with” as God seems to be?