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Posted on 29. May, 2011 by admin in Mmmm... | No Comments

ready for the rapture...

A few days ago, we missed a fantastic event planned and promised for apparently centuries: The Rapture.

I heard of the Blessed Event through our media, print and virtual, the jaundiced eye of the fourth and fifth estates who couldn’t help but sardonically cover the story.  My disappointment with journalism had been initiated during the May election over here in Canada and became thorough as I listened to the tenor of their commentary.  How weak-wristed they had been during the campaign and how harsh they were now with the thousands of hopeful believers..

Don’t get me wrong.  I hadn’t packed my bags, hadn’t sold my farm and livestock and didn’t sit on my porch on the morning of the 21st of May waiting for the big departure.  But my imagination had been excited: just imagine.

How about if one day good-hearted people were carried off to some sort of a safe, wonderful place where everything was free and we were all gentle and kind to each other?  How about if all those bad guys who use religion to get or keep what they want were simply erased from our world?  How about if the bullies of this world were simply deleted?  No vengeance here, just simply taken to their own land of bullies and bad guys..  How about if suddenly doing the right thing was enough and being different or weaker was safe – whether it be being a Gypsy in Europe, a Jew or a Palestinian on the wrong side of the line, a flaming queen in Russia or a kid with any grownup responsible for him..(yes I’m looking at you Catholic church).

Why didn’t we have a conversation about that?  That maybe every day could be the day before the Rapture, and every day we should try a little harder to make our thoughts a little more gentle, our hearts less hardened and our actions more generous.

Nope.  It was a big joke.  And rightly so, in a way – after all panic in the streets would have ensued if the media had taken the story a certain way.

So maybe I’m a crackpot too.  But I still hope.  Not that I’ll be carried off to a safe and joyful place where Unicorns run free and we take butterflies to work, but that we all start looking at how we’ve set up our individual domains. If my domain and my actions affect anybody negatively, I have to think that this ain’t right.  And that’s all I can do: be aware and make sure that what I do comes from the right place, so be it.

I’ll include this prayer that always makes me smile with the hope that I’ll always remember that before invading a country, giving a bad driver the finger or looking down on the drunk guy on the corner, I should remember the Rapture and have a nap for Peace.   Amen.

A Short Prayer
Dear Lord,
So far today, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, haven’t lost my temper, haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or over indulgent. I’m very thankful for that.
But, in a few minutes, God, I’m going to get out of bed. And from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot more help.

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