(John 13:35.)…

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. . … Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”

This verse has been heard many times in the lives of so many Christian church members that it qualifies as a memory piece. More often then not it is a personal assessment that focuses on Jesus. That the point is a study of Jesus and the disciples is in the box. I see a bit more.

The more I watch the news the more it tells me about the world. The sheer numbers of people in the world are hard to grasp. The power of the number and the people that it represents is much more than just a reflection of a statement in the Bible, that sheer number in the world reflects us all. It is a mirror of who we are and how we behave.

We are people in the midst of circumstance. We reflect our circumstances. Far too many suffer from day to day to have food to eat and a safe place to sleep. Whether in the the richest of nations or the poorest.

We often look at the world and pick and choose which of us are GOD’S chosen. The truth is that the world is GOD’S chosen. From ants to Elephants to whales GOD made this for the all. The same sun rises and sets for all of them as well as all mankind.

In Matthew 25 : 35-40

For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me; in prison and you came to see me.”

Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison go to see you?”

Jesus replied “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brethren of mine, you did it to me.”

The world reflects US. The world has become a mirror of who we are and how we have come to behave as a creation of GOD. When I watch the news I wonder what GOD sees. Do you appreciate the gift GOD has given to all of us that creation is, or do we look to find the ways to use that gift to benefit us personally at the expense of that gift to others.

Is the creation played back to us on the evening news a mirror of our pride, does it reflect GOD’S gift to us in the mirror of our behavior? With all of our gifts given to us do we show compassion for the least of these GOD’S children? Is it as important to share our gifts with others or is the mirror that the world sees of greed and more proud of personal wealth than our equality? We talk politically of boo bad socialism as an evil while we legislate bigger dollars for a very few very wealthy at the expense of the others.

One can only pray that someday there are full plates of food and safe places to live, and dreams in every heart to share the gifts of this world so that the mirror of the world is one we can all be proud of and enjoy.

Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”

Will the day come that People will seek out Heaven on Earth and not have to talk in terms of how great Heaven will be when we die? I believe that the goal for the spirit has never been to leave Earth. The goal should be to be able to share the gifts that were created for us over and over again, with a smile on your face and every neighbor is your friend. It will forever start with:


It’s True For EASTER 2021

It’s True For EASTER 2021

depositphotos_1652089-stock-photo-guitar-in-a-corner-ofI first posted this song last year in 2021 for Easter Sunday. With all of the challenges of the the Pandemic and the election and social media I felt my belief to believe needs to be recognized that what happened 2000 + years ago was embraced by followers whose only knowledge was driven by the calls of that Sunday morning. No newspapers, no books, no TV or anything else. This is what the people knew and heard about. From that moment a single itinerant rabbi introduced the world to a belief that was just  2 days before hopeless. Today His name Jesus is a name that is known throughout the world. May the events of those days answer your questions and may your develop a relationship with Jesus that will enrich your life forever.

I Decided to post a song of mine that I wrote a number of years ago for this Easter Sunday.  Unorthodox Christianity as I see it follows the story, believes in it, and tries to live it. The song seems appropriate for this day. One need not agree. One can even debate it. For me, and my house….. It’s True.

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The women say……..   It’s empty now
His body’s gone……..   and He’s Risen
Oh It’s True…..Oh they say that it is true
          He has risen from the dead for me and you

They have seen him once again… and He’s forgiven all our sins
You can praise and join along….   They couldn’t kill the savior’s love
            Oh It’s True…..Oh they say that it is true
          He has risen from the dead for me and you

It’s so hard to comprehend….. For I stood and watched Him die
But they say they’ve seen Him risen and the truth can’t be denied
I had placed Him in the tomb…And then I turned around and cried
Now they say that He is risen and His love is still alive
Oh It’s True…..Oh they say that it is true
          He has risen from the dead for me and you

And then I see Him…….

Touch my feet and touch my hands
Put your fingers in my side
You can see the tomb is empty and this truth can’t be denied
Oh It’s True……Jesus is seen and He’s Alive
He is risen from the dead and He’s the Christ

Touch my feet and touch my hands
Put your fingers in my side
You can see the tomb is empty and this truth can’t be denied

Oh It’s True…Jesus is seen and He’s Alive
He is risen from the dead and He’s the Christ…
Oh It’s True…Jesus is seen and He’s Alive
He is risen from the dead and He’s the Christ…





The Tree

Tamo was a wise master. He was acknowledged to be the wisest of the old masters. He lived as somewhat of a recluse, and often traveled alone. One day the young student approached Tamo and asked:

“Master, I have seen and had many relationships, but none made me ‘Happy”. What makes for a successful relationship between people?”

The wise man sat quietly for some time pondering the young disciple’s question and then pointed to a tree nearby.

“The Bodhi tree is your example. To grow it requires water, and sunlight and air to breathe. If any of the elements are missing, the tree cannot grow and will whither and die.”

The young man then asked: “Why do you live, then, as a recluse?”

The master replied: “Because I have yet to find all four elements present in any relationship I have come across.”

The young man asked: “I do not understand. You listed three elements and now speak of four.”

The master replied: “Among people, relationships require the nurturing of a constant spring of water to feed their roots. They require the warmth of a passion that takes the chill from their leaves when the air is cool and will carry them through the difficult times of growth and aging. And they require the air that is an understanding that recognizes the need to supply the other two in abundance.”

The young man replied: “If all these elements are present, will the relationship then be successful?”

The master replied: “Only if given equally without measure to each, by each.”

The young man replied: “What then is the fourth element?”

The master replied: “Among people, for a relationship to exist as a successful and happy and fulfilling relationship one extra element needs to be present among both that I have found to be indeed a rare pearl in the world of human interaction. In fact, I have found it to be so elusive that I as yet live as a hermit in search of it.”

“And what would that fourth element be?”

“Agape Love.”

In my life I have had relationships where just one element is present, passion will not sustain a relationship. Nurturing from one to another and not returned will not sustain a happy, fulfilling relationship, space to be independent will not guarantee a successful relationship. And Agape Love alone, the spiritual connection, will not sustain a relationship where the other elements are missing. To connect spiritually is indeed rare, but that alone is not enough to bring two distinct physical beings together who have not developed their personal relationship in their present incarnation.

(Originally written in 3-27-2003)

So much happens in our lives over the years that feeding the relationship of one another is a great challenge. Our communication built around our social media has become as much a distraction as a help to the building of and maintenance of happy and successful relationships. There seems to be more against than for. We are trying, as a people, to strengthen the relationships of the disenfranchised and I witness it in the diversity of people that watch out for one another. Love One Another is the greatest of challenges.

This Easter Season is the time to remember what happens tomorrow. A sacrifice that took a group of people to another dimension, One beyond our comprehension and belief. They didn’t see it in a movie or a TV show or streaming to their phone. One may debate the story, but the sacrifice of Jesus’ death and his visible Resurrection to the group who followed him for years  has only survived  and grown because of their belief in Love One Another. They sacrificed their own lives to share the truth of Jesus Resurrection because they lived it as impossible as it was to believe. No other single person has impacted the world as much. I believe because the sacrifice the disciples made was not to honor some king, or a  Pharaoh or because of a  Mount Rushmore built in the year 0000, it was only because a few people sacrificed their lives to spread the story of an  itinerant Rabbi who was crucified for preaching LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  That is the forth element. I believe because of their example which would never have existed without it.