I went to Zoom church today, they certainly sing groovier songs than they used to in the days my parents forced me to Sunday school all those years ago. An aside, when I was sixteen I told my mum is she kept making me go I would run away and never come back. She reminded me twenty years later I had said that to her, I had forgotten but it obviously meant a lot and hurt my deeply religious mum.
I personally don’t believe in the God that is presented by the standard Christian church, hell and brimstone etc. etc. but it was interesting viewing, my friend has asked me would I watch it with her as God means a lot to her. The distinctions they used were a lot different from what I expected and I found myself agreeing with quite a bit of the sermon. I am more of a humanist than a Christian, believing in that there are more good people than evil people on the planet and that good, will overcome in the end.
So what have people said about God, even the Gods over Millenium, lets have a look:
1. Not famous enough for a Wikipedia entry, Michelle makes a simple point.
2. Satisfaction guaranteed: I Surrender.
3. From little things big faith grows.
4. God is not all love and light, stop thinking he is: Yes, I Know.
5. Interesting quote by an F1 racing world champion.
6. Remember its his/her process. You are just along for the ride: Waymaker.
7. We are just walking home together.
8. Grammar alert: Your Spirit.
9. How do you live in the space of faith?
10. And you may never understand it: “Babusisiwe Labo Abemukela Umsebenzi KaNkulunkulu Omusha”
11. The cute quote of the blog.
12. The purpose of faith is to lift you up: My Life is in your Hands.
13. Nobody will open it for you, Nobody…
14. I love that saying, It sounds like a plan: You Say.
15. Thank you God for putting Amy in my life.
I thought I would end this blog with a poem by Rilke, it is magnificent:
God speaks to each of us
Rainer Maria Rilke
God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.
These are words we dimly hear:
You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Flare up like flame
and make big shadows I can move in.
Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.
From Rilke’s Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, translated by Anita Barrows and Joanna Macy.
If you had told me I would include a Hillsong Church song in one of my playlists I may have chortled loudly, but I have changed in the last month. We begin with Hillsong Worship, then the Gaither Vocal Band. Two fine female singers next in Sinak and Tasha Cobbs Leonard. Then we travel to South Africa for some Zulu Gospel. Kirk Franklin is the penultimate song and we finish with Lauren Daigle: Let Go, Let God.
You will love this playlist, Amy. I feel so much closer to my ethos of Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included since I have been around a person of faith. Until next time we meet, my dear friends.