Tuesday, March 20, 2012

THE RISK THAT LOVE TAKES




The Best of Times


It must have been exciting - that creation time!
The Source of all, playing wildly with ideas
on what to make first and how far to go
with developing each existence,
or turning it loose to grow and change.

And then the thought that crowned it all:
A human pair to fill with
wonder,
excitement,
curiosity,
creativity,
and love for each other –
Much like Love Itself!

Accepting each other as one and the same,
only different in form,
and always looking for ways
to make things better
for themselves and others to come.

Besides life itself,
the greatest gift to humans
was their freedom to choose
the ways that made them happy.

All these characteristics
made them very much like their Creator,
who placed a consciousness
of such a gift within them.

It was a consciousness that encouraged them
to use these characteristics
on each other
and on those that followed after them.


Another word to describe such Love
is unconditional –
because there were absolutely no conditions placed
on living a loving life with each other
or with children and others, family all.

It was the Source’s greatest characteristic,
and that made it theirs as well.
Such is the risk that Love takes.



Times that Try Patience and Love

A Love that takes the risk
of granting freedom
also allows for the possibility
of unloving choices.

An unloving choice
tries the patience and love
and continued acceptance
of the recipient,
who attempts instead
to mirror the consciousness
of the Source within, - that,
rather than reciprocate in kind –
payback or punish.

The ancient story of the Fall
does not mirror a loving behavior.
Instead, it tells a story
of what could never be
a just reaction
of the Loving Source.

The story is an oxymoron!

Love and punishment or payback
do not fit together,
and this is proof that the story
is only a myth!

That myth merely shifts responsibility
for making unloving choices
to the Creator. -
as if this shift gives humans
permission to punish and pay back.

There are many creation myths,
and there are many fall myths
among the world’s ancient religions.
The Hebrew myths are not unique.

My story of creation,
found in The Best of Times,
is based on my consciousness
of the Source’s best characteristics.

That humans have made poor choices
throughout history is obvious.
That humans have retaliated
with unloving choices is also obvious.

Greater detail may be helpful
for purposes of contrast,
but I prefer
to leave those details
to your own recollections
of history and personal experience.

No doubt you have ample evidence
and opportunity to practice
your own version
of unconditional
forgiveness and acceptance -
your own way of loving.

Paying love forward
instead of paying back
as punishment
defines the Source’s justice.

Forgiveness relieves the situation.

Acceptance restores the justice
of the Creator.
It brings peace
to you as victim,
and comfort
to the unloving –
eventually enough comfort
to turn around their ways.

Suffice it to say that the Hebrew religion
was replete with mediators,
and their rituals
and sacrifices
and laws,
not unlike other surrounding nations.
Each nation thought their sky-god
was the strongest
and that their ways
to appease such a god’s anger
with humanity
were the most effective.

Even good people, like Abraham,
who was only looking for a better place
and a better way to live
with family
in a more promising land,
almost followed the practice
of an unloving sky-god religion
from Mesopotamia.

Had it not been for his son’s
questioning Abraham’s odd behavior –
well, his Chaldean religion
was so outrageously brutal.

Thank goodness for the questions
of the young!
The young can make us think
and doubt our old ways!
They seem to sense
when old ways
may not be the Source’s way.

A solemn reminder:
Bring up a child
in the Father’s way
of love and acceptance,
not the old ways
of a punishing and brutal
payback justice.

Odd behavior did not stop with Abraham.

There were the judges and the kings,
some good, at times, who understood
and led with ways of Elohim.

Others seemed not to know.

Glimmers of Hope

From time to time,
the light burst loose
from inner consciousness.

Prophets, outside the Hebrew religion,
complained of priestly ways
and rituals,
calling out for
mercy without sacrifice,
love and kindness for neighbors.

They spoke of generous love
and forgiveness
from Elohim.
But prophets suffered
from the treatment
of the most religious.

Ezra, the priest who had descended
from Aaron himself,
the first of Hebrew priests
to lead a nation astray,
gathered ancient writings
and stories
of Hebrew origins and conquests.
His lineage seemed to be
the most important to him.

It gave him authority,
along with words from Elohim –
at least he claimed they were.

Himself a captive in Babylon,
by then a Persian state,
and under influence of priests
of Zoroaster,

Ezra wrote his own interpretations
and additions to fit his thoughts
and needs to impress upon his people
the threats of punishment
for disobedience.

And yet, the governor, Nehemiah,
found another meaning in those words,
and explained them to the people
as words of Elohim that
offered love and mercy,
forgiveness and acceptance,
and instruction on loving behavior
toward their neighbors,
all coming from a Source
that loved them more
than they could know.

The people heard these comforting words,
cried with tears of joy,
and celebrated the good news for days!

And then they changed their old ways.

Notice here that change came after
they had heard of their acceptance.

Love does change things,
because it is creative.

Threats only encourage
an insincere change
and more unloving behavior.

The Greeks and then the Romans
brought on worries of their own.
Treacherous times left people
filled with fears
for their lives and homes.

Light From the Hills

A young Galilean,
a carpenter’s son,
learned by posing thoughtful questions
to the elders.

They were amazed
at his perceptions
and depth of understanding.

He became known
as the sage from the hill country.

His was a simple message.
It taught the presence of a loving
and accepting Father
in and around us
as we treat our neighbors
with respect and dignity.

He spread his message using stories
of common things in life,
and gave examples
of the generous relationships
that can grace our lives
and mirror the Father’s presence among us.

He gave them hope
for better times,
and encouraged a love
even for enemies.

He showed them how to party,
and invited the poor,
the overlooked
and otherwise excluded,
to join him for dinner.

He called himself
Joshua ben Adam,
the son of humanity,
the human one,
and refused another title.

Many followed Joshua,
and in spite of moving
from place to place,
the crowds
and his teachings
offended
the religious leadership.

He had questioned their rituals
and their exclusive behavior.

He was even unafraid
to question the words
they claimed had come
from Elohim.

He knew beyond a doubt
that words which speak
of anger and revenge,
punishment and destruction,
were not from the Father of Love.

For this,
and a governor’s fears
of starting a rebellion,
he suffered a brutal punishment
on a Roman cross.

With his dying breath,
he still was able to say,
“Father, forgive them.
They just do not know
what they are doing.”

Amazing love for enemies!

Just Another Religion

After hiding out,
afraid for their own lives,
Joshua’s followers
concluded that his death
had deeper meaning
as a payment for sin.

They left behind the light
of his message concerning
a loving Father’s presence
among us, shown
by our love for each other,
and returned
to the old payback justice idea.

They began to teach that
IF we believe in his bloody payment,
only then could we be saved
from death and destruction
in the end-time judgment.

Hell and end-time judgment were two
of the Zoroastrian teachings
that priests had brought home
from Persia.

The years that followed
saw narratives written
about Joshua’s life.

Those narratives had him doing
and saying things
that do not fit
with his message.

In later centuries,
a Christian church
was formed,
and creeds were written
about the man
they had turned into
a god.

The church claimed the power
to control people,
and even governments,
with the words,
they said,
came from their god.

Once again,
they punished
and put to horrible deaths
those who questioned
their ways
and their authority.

But there always seems to be
someone here and there
who understands the meaning
of the light that Joshua spoke of
and lived – at least in part.

The Father’s accepting love,
the freedom and hope it gives
to pursue our happiness,
continues to break out
across the world
in spite of religion’s message
with all its “ifs” that implant fears.

A thousand years is but a day
for the Father of Love.

That may seem a long time to us,
but the Father’s unconditional love
is patient,
and He knows his reality
will finally come to all
who pass through death as a door.

After all, his promise was
to never leave us
or forsake us.
So, fear not!

Henry Hasse – March 18, 2012
(Henry is dying from prostate cancer)

1 comment:

  1. i am You.... *Rumi* Kiss, chinka

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