"May Adonai bless you and protect you! May Adonai deal kindly and graciously with you! May Adonai lift up his countenance upon you and grant you peace!" (Torah, Numbers 6:24-26) And Jesus said, "Allow the little children to come unto me. Forbid them not, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Truly, I say unto you, unless you receive the Kingdom of God as a little child does, you shall not enter therein." (New Testament, Mark 10:14-16)

Sojourning at an Oasis Paradise

My purpose for living this life, and for writing this blog, is to understand the faith that links us to God. I wish to explore and discuss the reality at the heart of all of the world's religions. This is an immense task, but I know that God also has faith in us, trusting that we do desire the truth, as well as freedom, love and wisdom. Thus, as always, He meets us halfway. Even as God has given us individual souls, so we must each of us trace out an individual pathway to God. Whether we reside in the cities of orthodox religion, or wend our solitary ways through the barren wastelands, God watches over us and offers us guidance and sustenance for the journey.

Most of what you will see here is the result of extensive personal study, combined with some careful speculation. Occasionally, I may simply offer some Scripture or an inspirational text. I am a wide reader, and the connection of some topics and ideas to matters of faith and religion may not seem immediately obvious, but perhaps I may spell it out in the end... or maybe, you will decide that it was just a tangent. Anyway, I hope that you will find my meanderings to be spiritually enlightening, intellectually stimulating, or at least somewhat entertaining.

In the coming weeks and months, I intend to transcribe a series of essays that I wrote about 20 years ago in the hope that I might get them published. They represent the nucleus of my spiritual life and the focal point around which my wanderings revolve like an electron in an atom. I hope that they might eventually serve as a springboard for discussions about the common spiritual heritage of humanity. May we come together and embrace each other in peace.

Monday, July 16, 2018

A Poem Inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien

A Pilgrim's Credo

Not all who risk cost to wander are lost,
nor can all that is golden be bartered.
A faith that braves night may yet see the light,
and one who seeks truth may be honored.

A new vintage at first can make old wineskins burst,
and fresh taste can outclass the best.
But lo' and behold, one day it is old,
and a hero must start the next quest.

Sometimes a prophet cares only for profit,
and the faithful can just be misled,
Conquest by the sword brings only discord,
yet the saint does not value his head.

God's faith in the human needs only a true man,
to climb his way up to the heights.
He's seeking a token, to fix what is broken,
and a path to shine light on at night.

You can look at the Moon just as well at high noon,
and imagine a ladder to heaven.
But it takes a man bold to build up a road,
and give us the planets all seven.

An ideal morality bears mind of mortality,
truth, freedom, wisdom and love.
But eternal laws should make us to pause.
The Spirit gives life as a dove.

God knows the hurts we bear in our hearts.
The world does not go as it should.
Becoming our best is really the test,
if we want to be happy, we could.

To find our own purpose we don't need a surplus.
We can let the green world have its place.
Far past our own pond, in the black out beyond,
we may yet rediscover God's face.

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