Psalm 30: the love edition

Inspired by Truly Tanisha : )

god is love

Psalm 30

1 I will exalt you, love
for you lifted me out of the depths
and did not let my enemies gloat over me.
I called to love for help,
and love healed me.
3 Love brought me up from the realm of the dead;
and spared me from going down to the pit.

4 Sing the praises of love, faithful people;
praise love.
5 For anger lasts only a moment,
but love’s favor lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.

6 When I felt secure, I said,
“I will never be shaken.”
7 When love favored me,
love made my royal mountain[c] stand firm;
but when love hid it’s face,
I was dismayed.

8 To Love I called;
to Love I cried for mercy:
9 “What is gained if I am silenced,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it proclaim your faithfulness?
10 Hear, Love, and be merciful to me;
Love, be my help.”

11 Love turned my wailing into dancing;
Love removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
12 that my heart may sing love’s praises and not be silent.
Love, I will praise you forever.

The Atheist says God is Love

God Is Love

At the end of the summer I took this awesome course about relationships with Matthew and Terces, the founders of Cafe Gratitude (more info about what I took away here, here and here) and one of the coolest things they showed me is that God is love.

I do not consider myself to be a Christian person and I often used to feel uncomfortable at religious gatherings or when people would talk about their concept of God. I have realized how limiting this is. When I do that I miss out on so much inspiration and there is a whole part of existence I cannot connect with.

In any religious passage, I can replace “god” or “jesus” or “allah” or any word like that, with LOVE! I find this very inspiring and uplifting. Here are some example:

Genesis 1:22
God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

BECOMES

Love blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

Psalm 121:7-8
The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

BECOMES

Love will keep you from all harm— love will watch over your life; Love will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 9:9 
The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

BECOMES

Love is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.

Regardless of your culture, age, religion or spiritual belief I hope we can all agree that love is a powerful thing. Go forth, love others.

I love you!

xoxox

Jenni

Pay it Forward as a Christian Allegory and A Poem about Loss

SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! SPOILERS! 

Last night I re-watched Pay it Forward. This movie gets me every time. So beautiful and tragic * sigh *

I had never viewed it as a Christian Allegory before but that was definitely the reading I got this time. I think the kid represented Jesus, the people he helped were his disciples and well… you know how it ends. I think the Mom might have been some sort of Mary Magdalene figure.

Then I got to thinking, what if all of life is a Christian Allegory. I mean Jesus is Love right? And since everyone is a “divine creation” we are all Love. And if all of life is here to teach us about love and compassion then each death is for our sins. So we are all Jesus, in a way. Possibly? (Note: I am not Christian and I am not trying to be sacrilegious by writing this… I just like thinking about how love shows up in the world. No offence intended). Anywho I was really upset last night. I started pondering some recent events that have transpired in my life. The unfairness of loss. I think taking life is the worst thing one can do (weather it be the life of another or your own). I wanna watch some more Leo Buscaglia and go hug everyone. Love more. Yes…. and now a poem
Loss

 A POEM ABOUT LOSS

the inescapable feeling of all the air suddenly disappearing from my lungs,

and the unsatisfyable need to be anywhere but here.

and the sinking knowing that in this moment everything is not alright.

and the uncomfortable notion of observing the bloodshot and tear stained eyes of my weeping self. and the search for beauty in that moment but the finding of only emptiness. vast, cold emptiness.

and despite all of the happiness and joy I might have had today I want nothing more than I cry myself to sleep.

and grab, squeeze, reach any part of you or anyone who has ever known you, or would want to, or would pretend to.

bolting from the room as if to vomit up my pain and shock.

and thinking deep down that everything will be fine, and there is a lesson to be learned, and this challenge will make me stronger… but not caring because I cannot breathe.

and sinking down, away, into the bathroom stall.

but not caring because I cannot breathe.

and I think that it’s unfair. But a life taken doesn’t care.

and I think that it’s not right. But that won’t bring you back tonight.

And I am at a loss.

of life.

SuperForesty Reads: Andy Weir’s “The Egg”

SuperForesty Reads: Andy Weir’s “The Egg”.

You should definetly check out this story.

http://www.galactanet.com/oneoff/theegg_mod.html

I’ve heard the “we are all of one” message before but I didn’t really comprehend what that meant until I read this story. I’ve been thinking about it all day and telling everyone I know to read it. It’s really helped me overcome any feelings of jealousy because we are all the same person and have the same experiences. If someone else gets to do something and not me it is really me doing it. I’ve felt so whole and connected to everything thinking of this idea.

If it was a religion i’d join.

The Problem I have with Religion

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ: The Name Above Every Name

In case you can’t see it says, “The Kingdom of Jesus Christ: The Name Above Every Name”. I have a few problems with this. First off, I don’t think any name should be above every name. We should all be entitled to equality and no one should be treated at a higher standard than everyone else. This attitude also implies a sense of service. I think that we should all serve eachother not some “higher being”.

The World is my country,

all mankind are my brethren,

and to do good is my religion.

– Thomas Paine

When we all unite together under the flag of humanity, that’s when we will achieve peace. There is so much wisdom in the song “imagine”… pretty much sums up my world view. If believing in God helps you to be a better person and bring kindness into the world that is great, but anything that divides people has a downside.

Perhaps I am just quick to abandon my ties in favor of unity because I don’t have many ties. I was not brought up religiously and don’t have a cultural community that I interact with. I don’t feel much pride as a Canadian but instead feel as if I am a citizen of the planet. Maybe I would feel differently if my situation was different.