Hope for a Vision 2015-62

Wishful thinking on my part, creating a thought that there is HOPE in mankind, if we were to only set aside our differences, communicate with each other and live in harmony. DUH!!! It is a naïve thought to say the least. We cannot do so in our own country, our own state, city or neighborhoods. Am I down, perhaps, but realistic in my thinking; but to have a vision of hope is sometimes better than the opposite – despair!!!!

Hope for a Vision   2015-62

I saw a vision the other night

It moved me with its power and might

A scene of world peace and eternal bliss

Floated around me in a wonderful mist

The races, believers, and factions were there

Arm in arm, smiling, without any care

Is it a foretaste of truth or of fiction

To dream of a time when there is no friction

It may happen and then again, may not

But, it’s the only hope the world has got.

Den Betts

Differences of Opinion 2015-61

How many times have I had to concede a point that I did not want to concede, and in doing that action, had peace with the other person? Why can’t people, in general, state what they believe and go on from there? Compromise is always a great finish to any discussion. BUT, the need to be correct, in the mind, is universal. I think of politics and the people that ply that trade and do it so poorly today, in my opinion……..

Differences of Opinion 2015-61

I say I am right, or so I think,

You say you are right, without a blink.

A difference of opinion you say,

On the thought at hand this day.

Discuss religion – I think not – stay away,

It’s a matter of faith anyway.

Life after death, you wonder aloud,

The proof is at the end – head bowed.

Politics as a subject to talk about,

Ends with a thousand ideas, no doubt.

Impasse

Little and big – exciting and dull,

To you and me, important to all.

Will you concede one point I ask,

If I do so first – it’s not a large task.

Nothing should be all black and white,

Grey shades of opinion would be more right.

If we start with one point, then go to two,

Could a compromise result, if we see it through?

If we can do that, why not the rest,

It would be great if put to the test.

Instead of all the fighting and turmoil,

Sitting down and talking would be just royal.

Maybe it will never happen, the futures hard to see,

But, it’s better than now, you have to agree.

Den Betts

Fate 2015-60

                             Fate  2015-60

 

How cruel and yet sometimes great,

The way fate plays its hand

Sometimes called fickle,

It does not plan,

Is it luck or lack of which,

That makes things happen,

 

The whims of chance and circumstance

We call fate, as a reason

Maybe God in his heavenly wisdom

Had His hand in that final decision.

Think about it sometime when you say,

It was fate that did it that day….

Den Betts

Finality Explored 2015-59

A little heavy, not for the light hearted- LOL… This I wrote when I was thinking- again!  I have to stop doing that process…..      We all have our existence that can be measured and counted on and perhaps I infer this in this poem…..

Finality Explored   2015-59

 

So much, so much – yet nothing of consequence

in the final way and things of the world

 

It happens as the sun comes up in the morning

and sets at night, to begin yet another day on the morrow

 

It goes on regardless, of the joys and sadness that

may occur on a daily basis, passing all in its wake

 

 

Too much, too much – yet so very important

in a down to earth everyday existence

 

It lessens the spirit, stops the flow of creativity

but, remains as a reminder of our vulnerability

 

It stays the course of the free spirit, of one,

and becomes a manifestation of victory

 

 

So little, so little – yet the essence of all,

in a way that transcends the whole

 

It becomes the very heart of the transfiguration

of Him,  the final lasting pleasure

 

It is the way, the only way, to begin once again

to know of the purity of wonder – forever….

 

Den Betts

Confusion with Reality 2015-58

              Confusion with Reality    2015-58

Let me say this. I am sometimes confused about what I believe in regarding something of faith. I KNOW what I say to others and I actually believe in what I expound. I KNOW what I have experienced in life regarding God so I don’t have a problem with my faith in Him, which I identify as the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

What I do have issues with are those things that I hear and read that cloud the overall feelings that I profess too.  I do NOT think that this is unusual, but is not openly said or expressed by many Christian believers.

I was NOT a Christian believer or a “good” Christian (in my mind) until relatively recently (4 years ago). I have openly stated that I was “going through the motions by rote before then. I am not overly proud of this fact or ashamed, but just stating a fact as I see it now. I said things then, did things and probably believed things as they should have been said or done as a Christian.

No easy answers

OK, where am I going with this?  I feel that God is NOT going to lay it all out for me in a secret way, but it would be terrific if He did so. I am NOT going to get a set of golden tablets telling me all, to share with the world (sort of like Joseph Smith claimed, of the Mormon faith).  Those things and others I do not expect to see or happen.

I have done, what I feel, is extensive (somewhat) research about the Bible. This makes you also get involved in history of the past and what was happening at the time certain people were alive. It also brings forth the temperature of the moment in history as to what was going on, when someone was alive and affecting the Christian religion. An example would be St. Jerome writing The Vulgate in the fourth century.

This makes me admit that I have some reservations about certain, or many, aspects of belief of how things transpired and how it is perceived today. I honestly believe that religious leaders of various time periods did not transcribe accurate or truthful statements or writings of their time period.

How can I prove this; I cannot, simple as that. But do have questions that cannot be answered wholly or accurately without fail and I believe this is normal to have these thoughts. The thing is, I am stating them aloud for others to see and this makes me a little uncomfortable.

I state another thought that I have made before. I believe in God and have a profound and personal experience that gives me an unbreakable and absolute belief in Him, which NOBODY can change my mind or opinion on this subject of faith. So faith is not in question here, but something else.

We do NOT have time travel that would allow us to go back and witness certain things and happenings of the past relating to faith issues.  It would be great (in a way) to have seen and experienced the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for one.  I don’t know if I could handle that though, emotionally. It would be terrific to question His Apostles and follow them close by as they spread the word of the Teacher, Jesus. Knowing me, I could not keep my big mouth shut and I would be forced  to yell out something that I thought was different than what I have been taught, read,  or think I know.

The questions I have without insight or of knowing what I read are many.  Many theologians have ideas of the –who, the what, where, etc., but they give theories, which cannot be accurately proven.  Other, know it all’s, or those that think they know all things, do the same thing, giving their spin on how it was in the distant past.

Normal questions!

What were the names, actual names and credentials of those that made the canons of what is today’s scripture? What did they leave out and why? Did they add something that was thought to enhance a segment of the Scripture for the sake of knowledge (on their part)? Does the Catholic Church have a list of things that would prove or disprove something written in Scripture?

There was NO paper to write on until it was discovered and brought to Europe about the 11th century. Before that, many products were used, such as wood, metal, papyrus (plant used before paper in Egypt and elsewhere).  So, what was written on, how were the writings of the Gospels (for instance) recorded in a correct and complete manner? Word of mouth was one way things were passed on, but did those doing the mouthing of the words add this or that to their sayings?

I AM, repeat, AM a believer of the Triune God!  I know that He, in the form of the Father, and/or the son Jesus Christ, and/or the Holy Spirit has His Presence with me always. That I believe without any doubt, because I know this is true.  I am still allowed to question various things that bother me though.  I have that right and feel that it would be not a good idea to take ALL things I am told or what I read as absolute facts. I believe the Bible is inspired by God, but written by man and that leaves a lot of leeway for crap to happen. I realize this, but still maintain a Christian faith in God, regardless.

I started this by titling this “Confusion with Reality”. I will keep it that way, because I have some doubts and as my Pastor once said, “that is not unnatural, but a way of life”, or words to that effect. The Pastor may never read this, so it is close enough.

It is NOT wrong or incorrect to think thoughts that go contrary to decree by the church. The church, any church, does not have a direct line to God, so it cannot absolutely contradict any thoughts you may have. I am NOT, repeat, NOT in a hurry to die and see God and ask Jesus some neat questions in person, but I relish the thought of having the opportunity to do so.  If He wishes to whisper in my ear, certain things now, that is ok with me. Until then, confusion with reality will reign and I will wait and wonder.

 

Den Betts

Travel of Time 2015-56

We should cherish EACH day that we are here on Earth, living, existing and co-mingling with each other. To try to appreciate what we have, what we experience, what and who we are to each other. Far too soon, comes the final judgment day whereas we have lived our lives as we did, but did not do so in many other ways.

Travel of Time   2015-56

Too soon does set the fiery orb

Across the spacious sky.

So soon comes night – upon us bright

moonlight shining high.

One solitary day gone by

a minus from our life

Closer to eternity of living

without strife

A beggar, poet, leader of man,

or those of other means

All of one with sameness in

the final scope of things

Closer still the judgment day,

escape — the soul is gone

Remains –  behind to witness

the totality of our being

What is to say of all belief

the true and wondrous way

Each and every one that travels

the journey of one day.

 

Den Betts

Execution 2015-57

I can still remember when I heard the news about a man who went through a newspaper business killing fellow workers then putting the gun in his mouth and committing suicide. I feel sorrow for the innocents that were killed and maimed, but not for the person who did the killing.  If he did not kill himself and was caught, sent to trial, convicted and sentenced to death and was put to death, would I feel much compassion or sympathy for him, perhaps no. But, do I think that his execution would be correct? No – period! No…..

 

One problem that I have is, if someone who is truly innocent is put to death – where is the justice there?  I heard that a prison guard who was leading someone to the gas chamber and the question of whether the soon to be disposed of prisoner was innocent, the guard said, “Let God sort it out!”, but that is not the humane, Christian or civilized way of doing things.  A life in prison without parole in an isolated jail cell in solitaire could be worse than death for some people and could be the better sentence in the mind of the one in jail, perhaps.

 

This poem is somewhat dated by the way the execution is performed. Instead of “The Chair” we now have imperfect chemicals to do the job. One state is bringing back the firing squad, I heard, but the way is not the question, the reasoning behind the executions is the question.

 

Execution   2015-57

The man finished his steak, eggs and potatoes,

Agreeing that his last meal was – just right.

Years spent on appeals were at an end,

Today was final judgment day for him.

They shaved his head, wrists and ankles,

For the contact points attached to “The Chair.”

 

He stood while manacles were clapped to limbs,

A Priest started to read from a well thumbed Bible.

The walk toward “The Room” was short; too short,

As at the door, he stopped, took a breath and entered.

Inside, starkness, the white walls, dark chair, contrasted,

He was seated, manacles off and straps attached.

 

Thoughts of the trial, the appeals, the actual facts,

Surged through his brain, like time and time again.

Accusations, evidence, verdict and sentence; now history,

Came to mind as if they occurred only yesterday.

That fateful night, so long ago; police at the door,

No alibi, no defense, no knowledge of the act.

 

So logical, but circumstantial, at best,

Hints of a look alike cousin being there.

His cousins death from an accident soon after,

A pleading of further investigation for naught.

All past, no more recourse, no more appeal,

Dark musty leather hood, over his head.

 

Reality sets in, the waiting, torment, anxiety, over,

Final words spoken to him, so far away.

Its going to happen, “No God; please no! It wasn’t me,

I really didn’t do \/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/- – – – – – – – – – –

Peace.

 

How sad, scary and terrible of a thought that a person can be executed that was truly innocent.   It HAS happened in the past and will in the future when there is a death sentence in force. but does that mean that we should not have the death penalty?  Not for me to decide thankfully.  What should be done with a human that commits the worst sin of all, the taking of a human life on purpose?  A ward of the state for life seems like an inappropriate sentence, especially when the victim is not able to enjoy life. A complex issue……

 

I think of this especially during Lent and the thoughts of Jesus Christ and His crucifixion come up. I will not go into His trial and the ramifications of it now, but reflect on it in general. I just think how horrible it was for His mother, brother, Disciples, friends and people who loved and knew Him and how they thought of this action. Reacting now, I can truly say, “I am more than glad it happened and/or that He knew it was to be.  Why? The trial and the execution on the Cross were one thing, but the Resurrection is the reason I feel this way.

The chance of eternal life of the soul, once we die here on Earth, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross, is beyond understanding and appreciation.  This act by a dying and rising god as a deity, that gives us ALL this chance of eternal life is a gift that goes beyond belief.

The fact that the murderer today, who truly repents, has this chance is such a wonderful thing to contemplate. It gives all of us a time to ponder our lives and beliefs and to realize the ramifications of the act by Jesus Christ………………’

Den Betts

According to the Apostle Paul, the entire Christian faith hinges upon the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus and the hope for a life after death. The Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians:

“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

1 Corinthians 15:19-20