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The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I cannot go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree, but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me; so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

--Theodore Roethke


Joy's Updates - Straight from the Horse's Mouth.
Monday, May 22, 2006  

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them. ~ Edward R. Murrow

Linda and I went to see The DaVinci Code yesterday in Bellevue which we enjoyed and also which generated more conversations about all kinds of things. We've both read the book as well as Angels and Demons and found them to be interesting light works of fiction. Unlike a former Vice-President, we are able to determine the difference between fictional characters such as Murphy Brown and actual people. We can also spell potato and pronounce nuclear correctly. So all the hoopla, boycotts, protests, and objections to the book and movie made me want to go on opening weekend, especially on Sunday. Whenever organizations get so large, it is easy to see how political and sometimes corrupt they can become. (not that this doesn't apply to small groups and individuals as well)

There is a history of censorship, suppression, oppression, and editorializing in Christianity. I agree with a friend who said that she thought people envisioned God based on how they view life. For example, those who are intolerant, vindictive, and unforgiving worship the deity Jonathan Edwards preached about in "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." Those who have a kinder, forgiving, loving God are more likely to be that way themselves. There are many shades of belief and action in between that organized religion caters to. I grew up in the Methodist Church and fortunately didn't have a lot of damaging religious baggage to unpack. There are some weird, scary, unspeakable practices done in the name of religion.

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