The light came through the window, Straight from the sun above, And so inside my little room There plunged the rays of Love. The daily actions of religious people have accomplished uncounted good deeds throughout history, alleviating suffering, feeding the hungry, caring for the sick. Religions have brought the comfort of belonging and companionship to many who would otherwise have passed through this life all alone, without glory or adventure. They have not just provided first aid, in effect, for people in difficulties; they have provided the means for changing the world in ways that remove those difficulties.
As Alan Wolfe says, "Religion can lead people out of cycles of poverty and dependency just as it led Moses out of Egypt".
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There is much for religion lovers to be proud of in their traditions, and much for all of us to be grateful for. The fact that so many people love their religions as much as, or more than, anything else in their lives is a weighty fact indeed. I am inclined to think that nothing could matter more than what people love. At any rate, I can think of no value that I would place higher. I would not want to live in a world without love.
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Would a world with peace, but without love, be a better world? Not if the peace was achieved by drugging the love and hate out of us, or by suppression. Would a world with justice and freedom, but without love, be a better world? Not if it was achieved by somehow turning us all into loveless law-abiders with none of the yearnings or envies or hatreds that are wellsprings of injustice and subjugation.
It is hard to consider such hypotheticals, and I doubt if we should trust our first intuitions about them, but, for what it is worth, I surmise that we almost all want a world in which love, justice, freedom, and peace are all present, as much as possible, but if we had to give up one of these, it wouldn't — and shouldn't — be love.
But, sad to say, even if it is true that nothing could matter more than love, it wouldn't follow from this that we don't have reason to question the things that we, and others, love. Love is blind, as they say, and because love is blind, it often leads to tragedy: to conflicts in which one love is pitted against another love, and something has to give, with suffering guaranteed in any resolution.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Give one another of your bread, but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. There's nothing you can do that can't be done Nothing you can sing that can't be sung Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game It's easy. We all been playing those mind games forever Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil.
Doing the mind guerrilla, Some call it magic — the search for the grail. Love is the answer and you know that for sure. Love is a flower, you got to let it — you got to let it grow. We have come by curious ways To the Light that holds the days; We have sought in haunts of fear For that all-enfolding sphere: And lo!
Deep in every heart it lies With its untranscended skies; For what heaven should bend above Hearts that own the heaven of love? If you believe in peace , act peacefully; if you believe in love, acting lovingly; if you believe every which way, then act every which way, that's perfectly valid — but don't go out trying to sell your beliefs to the system.
You end up contradicting what you profess to believe in, and you set a bum example. The little boy with the lunch box gave everything over to Jesus, his tiny lunch, his small offering, but then he sat and waited to see what the Lord would do. So, I think it through today when the worries come—how can I sit in this situation, how can I posture myself to rest in Him, how can I wait and see what the Lord will do? Yes, yes we do. On our last trip to the pet store to pick out some more fish for our aquarium, we spotted snails.
They keep your tank clean and their shells are pretty. So, my daughter picked out a yellow snail to add to our tank. But then I discovered that this little guy was actually a superhero in disguise. Certainly, he is no ordinary snail. Our snail, on the other hand, has near-teleportation ability. I wake up in the morning, pad out to the fish tank with my eyes still full of sleep. I play Find-the-Snail again and discover he is now at the top right corner of the tank attached to the heater.
But most of the time, his motion in our little fish tank is unseen. He is here one second and somewhere else after you blink. BIG change. BIG moves. BIG progress. He wants us to mature and bear abundant, fully-ripe fruit. Fruit comes in seasons. Our job is to abide. He pushes and pulls and meanders his way along, exerting energy and persevering without quitting until he arrives at his chosen destination usually my tank heater.
No more waiting! No more slow baby steps forward and a few falls back! No more feeling like others are passing us along the way! No more frustration with the process of bearing fruit. In all that he does, he prospers. Way back in September, my son screamed and kicked as I carried him back into the house after his sisters climbed onto the big yellow school bus. This morning, partway through June, he once again stomped around the house with his chin tucked down to his chest and his arms criss-crossed after the girls walked out the door.
All this morning I tried to explain summer break to him, painting it as vividly as I could. All of us should be longing for heaven. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? Instead, he was satisfied with a tent because he had heaven in mind. And those other ancestors of faith looked forward also.
Starvation and famine. We long for heaven. This yearning for the eternal is deep within us and it should drive who we are. Stand up for what is right.
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Pursue righteousness. Offer mercy. Live justly. Eternity begins the moment we accept Christ as Lord. If Grandma was coming for a visit, they found out when she pulled in the driveway.
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But that was it. No more advance notice than that. One year, I kept the secret that Grandma was coming right up until the night before her visit when some unforeseen event dragged the news out of me at bedtime. I had not given her acceptable planning time.
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