Lent! Posting every day! I was going to do it! But…
Heroin is why I didn’t– no, couldn’t! do it yesterday. For seriously.
It’s a big problem in these parts. Well, not just heroin, but opioids in general. And I’m trying to be part of the solution (you know, not part of the precipitate– ah ha ha ha!) by working on a grant to help quell the problem a bit up in the Northwoods.
The truth is, sometimes work drives — me — craaaazy — and other times, I wish there were more hours in the day so that I could work and work and write and write because I am on a roll and I believe in what I’m doing. Like super believe in it.
So anyway, that’s what I was doing last night. And what I’ve been doing tonight and will be doing tonight after this until I hit the hay. Don’t feel bad. I’m legit excited about this and really, really want it to move forward– another one of those grants that I’m just going to be so freaking proud of. So proud!
So what did we miss yesterday?
Oy! It was a good one. And I first read it in the morning so I had all day to ponder it and even jotted down some notes in my sweeeet new planner (totally worth the planer-less month on back order)… here’s what it was:
“You shall worship the Sovereign your God, and God only shall you serve.” –Matthew 4:10
Uh huh. One God. But whose got the right one? You? Me? Them? The folks who caught the comet early?
“These words trip off the tongue – all the while I worship other gods. Lesser genies of my ravenous soul. I have worshiped so many false gods in life, yet in the collapse of each of them – and they have indeed all collapsed – I have come closer, ironically, to the god who is God. Everything else has failed me – people, privilege, positions, profit – but not this God who is ‘not in the whirlwind.’ That God, like a magnet, draws me on. And someday, perhaps, I will lose myself down the black hole of nothingness and find everything. Without the dissatisfaction of the soul, how would we ever find our way to more.”
Joan says it doesn’t matter– yours, mine, theirs, Hale-Bopp.
When we think of God as infinite good and unconditional love, false gods are all those things that simply get in the way of goodness and love.
The things that satisfy our soul, the things that bring us closer to God, then, are the things that promote goodness. Celebrate love.
And maybe that’s my big fat problem with almost all religions, the reason I always end up feeling dissatisfied… because to me, rules, and the blind following of all the rules simply because they are the rules does not, for me, promote goodness and celebrate love.
Too much celebrating of rules and and promoting of exclusion. All of that– it’s not good for my soul.
But back to the heroin for now, k? Bonus post on Sunday, perhaps– 40 days and all that.
Drugs really are the devil, eh?