eagle’s flight – 8th Day of Creation Musings – 10/5/17

In trying to find a way to live and love well in such a time as this I keep coming back to:
I love because God first loves me
I am called / commanded to love God back
I am called / commanded to love my neighbor just as I love myself
and that all the other law, prophets and musings on what is the right way to live hang from these 2 commandments.
So somehow love needs to be what all our our talk and actions hang from.
In these days of lies and misleading statements and actions with love given lip service but being largely left out as weak and cheap, it’s a bit hard to see how love could overcome the barrage that is driven by money power and desire for ME and MINE at any cost.
But we are told in the scriptures that love is over all things and that without it we are just making noise.
There is much noise these days. Here is my attempt to find Love’s road through it all.

8th day – creation musings
On the 8th day of creation
humans wake up
and begin to live in Eden – God’s garden
Eve –
is the one who talks with others
wants to try new things
the one Adam loves
and listens to
then blames for his own failure
this is the road of growing up
perhaps there was another way
but “we” didn’t take it
and still don’t
our way involves striving
wrong turns
and corrections

we are told
few will see
few will turn from their bad road
and find (again and again)
the narrow way
that leads God-ward
that leads deeper into Love’s Ways
and we are told
that the struggles / battles / trials / striving / fallings / rising again’s
perfect us
and we are told that just before the wedding
when we have finally “grown up” enough to start “real life”
there is a monumental battle
the largest explosion ever
out of which it seems the bride emerges
knit together
composed of the living and the dead
(and CS Lewis (The Great Divorce)
would have space created for those that don’t want to join in
and they shrink
until they vanish
because nothing is left
they’ve gone back to the void)
I wonder
we seem to be on a road of separation
perhaps another large war
between the rich “haves”
and the poor “have not’s”
1/3 of humankind wiped out? – it could be done
so how to build a community in the midst
of whatever comes
that holds all things
all people
in common
hmmm – could be done
likely with a few
who choose such a road
who choose such love as central
but perhaps it would be

About Clark W Johnson

I am a poet, interested in using poetry to explore my interactions with the spiritual. I find poetry captures tension, paradox and flow well enough so I can hold experiences at arms length and reflect on them from multiple vantage points. As I walk deeper with my God, I'm finding such a record invaluable for myself, and I find that pieces and parts touch others as well. I love and long for more points of contact along those lines.
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