A voicehearer’s path ~

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Peace ~

beauty17vigThere are few things that convey peace as completely as a swan floating on water, (or are as terrifying as seeing a swan heading toward you with both those giant wings flapping!) In fact, peace is part of swan’s “medicine”. This time of year we are constantly wishing peace to one another as part of the season.

We are on the eve of a brand new year, and peace is something we could most certainly hope to accomplish soon. Especially since we are making war in the middle East. I am a peacenik, I do not like war on any scale anywhere. I do not like the number of innocents that suffer as “collateral damage” whenever mortar fire starts erupting. Death comes way too easily on television and the media for most to realize just how traumatizing it is. Coming across a dead body unexpectedly has to rank up there as iraq_war_header_11-21-2007one of the topmost traumatic events in one’s life. As a nurse that happened to me once, a patient we thought was so much better she would be going home next day was dead when I went in on my rounds to take her vital signs. Gads! That was a shock.

War traumatizes everyone who experiences it. No exceptions. It, of course, can be survived, but this is not the same as not having had such trauma tear at your very soul. I am aware there are those extremists on both sides that see war as the only means of settling differences, I just don’t happen to be one of them. I wish we could throw all those with that particular view into a large war game and just let them go, let the rest of us have peace!

The problem, or so it seems to me, is that once the extremists start their actions, reasonable earthand relatively peaceful people find themselves in a defensive mode, trying to ward off the agents of war. It then seems to become a vicious cycle where the only answer in the eyes of some is total annihilation of the “enemy”. I consider myself fortunate to live among reasonable people who will take on such a battle with the reluctance of those who would rather have peace than war.

We have a new president, I am hoping that within the time he is alloted, we can have peace in the Middle East. But then, that may be an impossibility, no matter who is at the helm. So, maybe the thing to hope for is a truce, during which serious strides can be made. Pray for peace, perhaps there are a couple of miracles out there that could bring such a wonder to this war torn Earth. That is my wish to all this New Year;  Blessings and Peace to all that dwell on this big blue marble called Earth!

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Choices ~

I live in a country where it seems the choices of how to live one’s life are unlimited. You can be anything you want to be, so long as you have the innate ability to carry it off. If you really want to, you can become an astronaut, and litterally reach for the stars. But the choices are also there to take us into the very pits of a living H*ll. I am not one who believes in an eternal h*ll for the average person.

This does not mean we cannot lower ourselves to experience such horror, it simply means that, considering the grace of an Almighty Creator, I truly doubt if an average person, trying to make out the best they can with what they have will be condemned to an eternity of either ice or fire. The belief that man is totally depraved and deserving of eternal death is actually rather unrealistic and sounds more like the ravings of a depressed individual that needs therapy.

I am aware that Hashem is perfect and shining and awesome and totally beyond our imaginations, I am also aware that in comparison to that vision we are shadowy beings at best. But, I want you to look at the writings of a man whose words mean a great deal to the Evangelicals, i.e. Paul. In I Corinthians chapter 13, he speaks of Love, genuine from the heart caring, and he does a very nice job.

1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

There, in the 5th verse, is the key to my commentary. for if G-d is Love (1John4:7&8), then G-d keeps no record of wrongs. So, who does keep a record, and is that one more powerful than Hashem? And is the one who condemns your G-d? The one who condemns is not my G-d. I choose love, and I choose to love. No, it does not make the nastiness of living in a limited dimension disappear, but it does ease the pain. Choose love first, always.

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