God doesn’t hate

As I was perusing my Facebook feed this evening (because that’s what you do after supper) I noticed a copious amount of material on the LGBT movement.  Most of the articles were condescending, filled with vitriol towards the LGBT community and those who support them.  Not surprising, the bulk of the loathing came from conservative evangelical Christians.  Why the hatred and disdain for your brothers and sisters in humanity?  Most of these couples that I know (I hate to generalize) live quiet lives, work hard and are good neighbors.  It’s possible that your partner at work, whom you respect and is a vital part of your company’s success, is in a same gender loving relationship, but you just don’t know it.  Would you fire that person because his/her sexual proclivities are toward the same sex?  How does being in a same gender loving relationship hurt or harm our society?  It doesn’t.  I’m writing this because I LOVE ALL people and I believe that God does as well.  The bible states in 1 Jn. 4:8 that God is love.  Love includes, not excludes!  If you feel that you can’t accept same gender loving people, I respect your decision, but please don’t go around shouting from the roof tops about how depraved they are and how, you perceive, that God hates them.  By the way, God doesn’t hate anyone.  It’s better to be silent on this issue than to be destructive, ruining the lives of so many wonderful people.  This is a new day.  Times are changing.  Our generation and future generations aren’t going backwards.  There’s a forward momentum and movement that is radically inclusive, peaceful, loving and accepting and it’s going to continue whether we like it or not.  I believe that God is inviting us to the party where ALL people are gathered and where peace and love prevail.  Be respectful and loving to everyone!!   -obr
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evening rambling

Just got home.  It has been a long and back breaking day.  Evidently  my employers think I’m superman because they continue to give me more work.  I don’t mind working overtime for them because they are good people; people of integrity who will go the extra mile for you, but sometimes you need a break.  I guess I didn’t get enough rest this weekend and I’m still tired.  At any rate, I’m glad to be home with my family, enjoying a cup of coffee and I’m about to indulge in some reading.  Wishing everyone a blessed evening.  :)
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Metanoia – time to change your mind

Metanoia or repentance means to change your mind.  Typically we associate repentance with the idea of being sorrowful for a act that we perceive is against God. But how can you offend God if God is all-knowing?  You can’t.  God isn’t surprised by our mistakes.  The primal meaning of the word is to change or transform our mind.  To stop and go another direction, a direction that is virtuous and beneficial to all.    When Jesus says, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is near”, he’s not saying that we should be sorrowful, but to be awakened, to shift our mind/consciousness to the movement and activity of God on this planet or plain of consciousness.  This statement is an invitation to see and participate in the wonder of God.   If the current path you’re on isn’t working for you, metanoia!  By changing directions we can and will create heaven on earth.  Heaven is here, right now and there and everywhere and can be experienced today!  -obr
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Weekly Meditation!!

This week I choose to be grateful. Although I don’t have all that I want, I have life and for this I’m thankful. This week I will open my eyes and see that good that is all around me. I will reach out and embrace those who are hurting. I will smile more than I frown. Love more than I hate. I choose to notice the little things in my life like the leaf that falls from the tree, the bird gliding through the air and the wind brushing against my face. I will not allow frustration and negative energy to invade my heart, mind and soul. I choose to be grateful for life. Will you join me in this meditation?  Please share your thoughts in the comment box.

You got this!

obr

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