God Loves ALL 2015-55

God Loves ALL   2015-55

God is a lover of mankind! That being said, let me explain.

God loves His children that he helped create so long ago. Perhaps man evolved, it is a perhaps, and no more. Theories abound as to when and how and why. The Biblical story of Adam and Eve is a story. A story told down through the ages and finally written and tweaked, canonized, and translated into what it is today. It is actually a neat story to read….

The thing is, something is forgotten. He loves ALL of mankind!

There are those that truly believe that He loves only them, their sect, or religion or denomination. It is so far from the actual, and has created so many turmoil’s in life, in the past and present. I think of those that claim they are unbelievers and point at the religious people for so many injustices, killings, and other atrocities in the name of religion, but remember, it is not the religion, it is the people!

I guess, or would say, it may be so, the ranting’s of faith. The thing is, it is not God that is doing the things, it is, again, the people themselves. It is sometimes, if not always, in support of their own personal beliefs. That is sad.  It would not have to be the case if people would let loose of their primitive feelings about God.

God, I said, loves ALL. That includes the atheists, the radical extremists, and the God believers that feel they have a hold on God as being only their own. I know someone that feels that way and it is impossible to talk with him about it, because he gets highly pissed off when you try.

How God can look at His children and put up with us is beyond me. Over and over and over He sees the people acting and performing the way they do, contrary to what He would like. I look at God in the form of Jesus Christ (since I consider myself a Christian), and see so many, including myself, conduct themselves in difference to His teachings and just wonder what His thoughts are constantly.

The word LOVE, comes to mind. God in the form of the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, LOVES ALL of us, is what I believe. The word ALL means ALL, no exceptions, no exclusions, no differences, no nothing. He, God, loves those that deny Him and He looks at them as his children.  How can He do that!!!!???? Because, He loves ALL of us, without putting up man-made rules as a block, as a hindrance, or blinders or whatever words you want to use here. I would like to add — this is unconditional love on God’s part.

We use our feelings learned from childhood to put a slot in life as to who God is and what He believes and that is the way it is. Who started to write the rules down, to hobble our thinking? Who was it that thinks they have an inside track with God and how He thinks?

Ten Thousand years ago, there was only ONE God, the god of the Universe, as there is today. We as humans got around to putting names and faces to Him. We created what we thought how He is and how He performs. The ancient traveler, prayed to this God and he called him names. Names like Moon God, Cow God, Harvest God, and the list goes on. We gave Him a face with a flowing beard and chiseled features showing strength and wisdom, as shown on a chapel ceiling in Rome. We tried to make Him as human as we could at times. We show God as Jesus Christ, as a handsome man with flowing locks and grandeur stature (looking like the ideal movie star portraying Him). Why, because we are human and want to do so, to make us feel good.

I do NOT know how God thinks about this, but can only imagine. We are innocent human children of His and we act it out daily. We act out the need to do so. We use God as an excuse for our actions at times and He does not condone what we do, only observes. I wonder, are we so really stupid or think we are so highly intelligent that we know what God thinks? Reading Scripture of the Holy Bible, I see passages (especially in the Old Testament) whereas they are written down as God’s thoughts and decrees. But are they just stories handed down over time? Perhaps!

I have other thoughts, but will leave you with these to contemplate, ponder, and if you wish reply and give me your thoughts about what I have written. Remember this though, God loves you, ALL of us, without reservation, regardless of what we think or say, or do !!!!!

Den Betts

Eared Feelings 2015-54

Who knows, I don’t, as to when and why I wrote this is, unclear, for sure. It had to do with something I was thinking of at the time. Do I truly understand it; the answer is yes, but the exact, why and when, no………..

Eared Feelings     2015-54

Words with feelings spoken unclear;

inner meanings vague,

I hear

Eyes off center, not focused true;

mine do bore thy soul,

I fear

Forever wanting, close and sure;

for the moment, your heart

I near

A sound, a tinkling in the wind

Promise of the here after

So clear

Truth be known between us two;

knowledge heard, with wetness

I tear

Den Betts

Two Robins 2015-53

Hope springs eternal as Alexander Pope said in an “Essay on Man”, in 1732!!! I DO hope Spring itself, will be here soon and the advent of birds will show that the hope is not a foolish thought. The geese that are looking for open water are finding it scarce; just frozen tundra as their welcoming mat.  This WILL change and life will go on as it is decreed by nature. Or at least one hopes………………     

                   Two Robins  2015-53

Hooray, hooray, two robins

Sighted this very day ( lost??)

The first time this year

In the March blowing cold

 

A sign of Spring, so sure,

So sure; the beginning

Restart, of growth once again

About time I say, I say

 

Using past experiences in a

Remembrance of thought

No more grey skies and white

blanketed ground, instead

 

Blue skies and green

Carpeted lawn; Ah Spring

May it last forever, and may

Robins arrive each and every dawn

Den Betts

Natures Beauty 2015-52

Thoughts of nature in minor ways, but giving an idea of what is out there to consider, appreciate and wonder about as we exist in this land of nature. It is so easy to ignore what goes on around us every day and not appreciate those things that abound.  What do we miss by not looking, not seeing, and letting our everyday lives just meander by without knowing the beauty of God’s glory.

Natures Beauty    2015-52     

The wings of an eagle

flying so high, soaring so

majestic on the currents

in the sky

 

The eyes of a she wolf

staring cross the plain

A sheen on her coat

glistening from the rain

 

A twelve point stag

king of a herd

sniffing in the air before moving,

giving the word

 

Denizens of nature

regal and proud

all and more so of

beauty of the wild

 

Den Betts

 

The Doubter 2015-51

The Doubter  2015-51

The doubter, Henry,  said to me, “it is difficult for me to believe!” That bothered me and I told him that I would try to help him. It did not work.

For over a year, we went back and forth, via email, to give and take our thoughts about belief. I found later that it is dang near impossible to make a valid point via email. When I sent the doubter an email with about four points in it, he came back to me with a thought about just one of them.  I asked Henry about the other ones and he made no comment.

Such is life.  It taught me something though about how to communicate and make points to another person; not via email for sure…..

What is a doubter? The easy answer is “one who is in doubt or uncertain of the truth, perhaps. The Spiritual doubter is one who is probably skeptical in his/her mind regarding belief in the deity or religion in general; again—–perhaps…….

The mostly known story of “Doubting Thomas” in the Bible gives us an idea of how someone can doubt. Thomas spent about three years getting to know Jesus and watching Him do his miracles and hearing the various prophecies about the Lord’s coming death and resurrection. He still had to ask to see proof that Jesus was on the cross and that He had risen. Then, and only then did he state and say, “My Lord and my God” in John 20:28. Jesus told him or commended him for his faith, even though it was based on sight. What a doubter he was……

I do not blame (cannot do so and would not) those that doubt about God. There is NO certain proof that God exists. I wish God would let those that doubt know, that He is around, His presence is there, He can hear us, He will answer us when we ask a question, and all the other ways that it would take to realize that God is a factor. That is NOT going to happen on a regular basis for all of us to fathom. Just is not going to happen; He does not work that way. Although we have the Spirit within us, we can still experience doubt. This, however, does not affect our eternal standing with God. He has known since Adam what humans are like and takes this knowledge into consideration.

This week, something occurred that made me pray to God, asking for advice and help. I made it a point to specifically ask for guidance on a subject that I had at the time. I was in turmoil in my mind and it was making me consider doing something that I did not want to do. To clarify, it was a decision I was thinking over that would affect my relationship with others in a way that would have been noticeable and would have affected those around me. I prayed to God and asked for an answer. I wanted the answer almost right then and not later.

Well, it did not occur when I wanted it to do so and the answer was different (in a way) from what I expected. I called my Pastor beforehand and we talked about it and I hinted as to the decision I was considering. She advised me to also consider the St Ignatius statements that I had learned over a period of time (another story), and I said I would do so. I did and in the process, I prayed to God and asked for His help.

Here is where the doubting came in. I admit I doubted if God would help me and I would have to or would then make a decision that I did not really want to make. I prayed and prayed and eventually meditated about the situation. It was a process to a degree. Then, God intersected by thoughts and a period of peace and tranquility came. The answer was there, with His help.

I emailed my Pastor, and in the email I only had three words that I put in it. “The Devil LOST!!!!” An email came back, stating, “YAY, Go Jesus Go!!” It was like a football game where I was a Cleveland Browns fan and I said ‘The Steelers LOST” and the reply was “Go Brownies Go” (Sorry Steelers fans, but had to use a team as an example).

I was going to church that night for a Lenten Soup Supper affair, and when I arrived, the Pastor was across the Narthex talking with someone and saw me. A hand went up and a smile was shown to me. Without a word, we both knew what we had said and what we meant in the emails.

The point is, I KNEW that God was involved and in His way and His time; he gave me my answer to my predicament. In effect He answered my prayer and with the answer. I defeated the desolation that was in my mind, that was bothering me. Could I have done it without Him? Perhaps, but not in the way that it occurred, and the outcome that transpired. By the way, St. Ignatius uses the word desolation in conjunction with the Evil one (Devil) that preys on us mortals on a daily basis.

I really would advise those that read this to consider getting a copy of the book “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. It is a Christian apologetic novel written by Lewis. It is written in a satirical, epistolary style and while it is fictional in format, the plot and characters are used to address Christian theological issues, primarily those to do with temptation and resistance to it.

Back to doubters!  There will ALWAYS be doubters about God, myself included.  Whereas I do not do so regularly, there are, at times, periods where I am unsure if God is listening to my prayers and I admit it. I think He knows this and forgives me and realizes that I am human.

I wish I had a magic wand that would help those that doubt, like I sometimes do.  Alas, I do not!  I can only pray that those that continually do have these doubts will find a way to get around this.  The one key is to pray, pray and pray again. It may not work right away, but it, I believe wholeheartedly, will work eventually. Or, at least I believe so.

Peace,

Den Betts

MILESTONE 2015-50

I was going to title  a poem Milestone, to celebrate the writing of my 300th poem, but, instead, decided  to commemorate the anniversary of the wedding of my wife and I. Fifty years of living togethter IS a milestone and more fitting to mention at this junction in life. Like any marriage, there are ups and downs but we are happy for the positive aspects of our lives together. That March 6th was a snowy one and glad we are decent this year.

MILESTONE     2015-50

A goal reached

A pinnacle climbed

A moment to remember

For all time.

 

Recorded in history

Talked about for sure

Pride to be taken

As a thing that endured

 

Over 18,000  days of love for each other

A total 50 years of exciting times together

A milestone reached perhaps, BUT,

Time now for the succeeding laps.

Den Betts

Accept Me 2015-48

This poem may go very well with the one “Bosh the Bobbin” that I have posted to give it a frame of mind. What we are, we are, and I am not afraid of that fact. People may have an idea or a preconception of what I am and how I am, but they may be wrong. I think I am multi-faceted and as such can be looked at in different ways.  Many put on a “face” depending on where they are and what they are doing. I think that is somewhat common. We have our face for work, play and family and the faces make up the personification of whom we are, and that is normal.  Or at least I think so! Anyhow, I also believe, most people do accept me the way I am, which I am gratified and happy about to realize………………..

Accept Me    2015-48

I accept me, the way I am, how I am,

My only request is that you do the same.

We are, as we are, how we are,

If you think contrary, tis a shame.

Don’t look at me the way you would like me to be

See me as I am, how I am; it’s only me.

Perhaps I would like to be different than what you see,

But sometimes people can’t change, do you agree?

It’s easy to fight it, or deny the bare facts,

But in doing so, it prolongs the comeback.

If we are, what we are, then we will be what we’ll be,

And acceptance of this idea, is the answer, the key.

Den Betts