Stewardship – – Earth

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You & I,

We

            Are Stewards of the Earth.

We

            – cherish it

            – appreciate it

            – care for it

                        as if it was our own!

We stand in awe

            Of the mystery it is

            Of our place in that mystery.

Will our legacy

            Be a celebration to those who follow?

When

            We pass,

Then

            It passes on.

Will Earth rejoice?

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A Lesson Learned – On A Great Lake

A Lesson Learned – On a Great Lake

                                                                        a poem by:  OTL

 

When the waters cool,

And temperature freeze,

          Storm winds blow – – – strong and fierce

          Bone chilling to the core

          Walls of ice form creeping and climbing up onto the shores

          Which crack, then shift, then break apart,

                    Time and time again,

                    Over and over,

                    Until the final breakup,

Forming

          Islands of icebergs,

          Adrift,

          Alone,

          Changed,

                    From where they came.

Bumping

          Into one another,

Drifting

          Apart,

                    Without care or concern.

Each “thinking”

          It is going its own way,

          Yet,

          All drifting – South.

The waters

          As cool as they can be

                    Without becoming one body of solid ice,

          Days passing on – one to another

          In the waters of Winter Time.

Waters giving support and ride to these icebergs

People of the Sea

          Waiting,

          Wandering,

          Waiting some more.

Someday,

          As days continue to pass on – one to another,

          The power of hope and memory within the waters

          Will stir anew.

Its warmth,

Will melt the forgotten,

          The distance moved,

          Journeys taken,

                    Of the drifters in their Winter Season.

I’ve seen that happen before,

          With others.

And experienced it,

          Myself

                    Time and again.

All will be one – again

          In the Spring

          In the Warmth,

                    When “oneness” returns and Love is born anew.

So it is with friendship.

Yes – – – so it is.

There is a constant

          Always present,

          Always living,

                    Even if from time to time,

                    And sometimes for a long time,

All may seem forgotten

Moving on different paths here or there,

Taking different journeys for a time.

The day will come

          I know it to be true

          When

                    Hope,

          When

                    Memory,

Renew.

 

Waters as one again,

          Touching,

          Embracing,

          Union,

          Love,

                    It lives.

Be Still – – – and Know

 

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Jihad – Jesus

 

Most people seem to find the determination, the “gumption”, the strength, to condemn the right wing terrorist found in Islam.  We read in the papers, or see on the internet the killings, slaughter, maiming, etc. done in the name of Allah.  Moderate people of that faith, know how wrong such brutal actions are.  Uneducated, lead around by the bull ring in the nose Islamist, simply think it is the right approach to their belief.  They really believe in such a god.  Unbelievable!

In the West, we condemn such behavior as sub-human, evil, and at the very least –  stupid!

Yet take a moment, look at all that has been done in the name of Jesus;  the Crusades, witch burnings, Inquisition mutilations and killing.  However one need not even go that far back into history to see damage done in the name of Jesus.  The modern Christian Jihadist kill doctors who perform abortions;  on the news we hear of husbands who beat their wives because the Bible says women are to be submissive to men;  churches who treat women as second class members;  parents who kill their own children because, as they say, “God told me to do it”;  or as we can all remember the terrorist who blew up the building in Oklahoma – they too were Christian.  Jihad Jesus at his finest hour.

There are many examples in other religions, non Christian or quasi Christian such as the Mormon faith, that will make your stomach turn in disgust .  Read the book: Under the Banner of Heaven.  The author Jon Krakauer  enters the obscure world of Mormon fundamentalism to tell a story of, as he puts it, “faith-based violence”.  It becomes easy to see why religion is often more of the problem than the solution for humanity.  Violence encouraged in the name of god.

Is it any wonder that many intelligent, loving, kind and caring people chose to dump religion as so much “Crap”?  Religion is so often the root of the world’s pain and division, not the healer it claims to be.  People are being taken for a ride as the fools they are, and yet they continue to profess in god, a god of such destruction.  It is beyond “belief” – to use their own words.

If your religion, belief, theology, has in the least possible way “allowed” these kinds of action, or even worst, called them holy as in ‘Holy War’,  you are indeed sick and so too your faith.  You make Atheists proud – not to believe!

Is it any wonder that Atheism has much to offer to a world saturated with hate, fear and dread?  Hate, fear, and dread lived out by “believers” in their religions.  Atheism is The Answer for many of today’s honest thinkers.  There are real people of depth today who are – post religion.  They have found Truth.  Yet again there are so many people who can not make that same leap of “faith” to following such real Truth because of their own insecurity and fear from a god created by man in man’s image, and most sadly of all – they think it is real!.  I think not!  That is the profession of many Atheist.  Who can argue with that?

The questioning of religion in America and the preposterous emphasis put on it by today’s politicians should give all of us “pause” to reflect.  Our Founding Fathers had a few words about religion.

Food for Thought!

 

“Lighthouses are more useful than churches”.

Benjamin Franklin

 

“This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it”.

John Adams

 

“Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man”.

Thomas Jefferson

 

The following is one of many articles that can be found on the internet, that will make a believer think twice about the terrorist among them!  Copy and paste to your web search.

www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/post/norway-attacks-when-christianity-becomes-lethal/2011/07/25/gIQAPRw5YI_blog.html

Be Still – – – and Know

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