Tuesday, June 5, 2007

poetry: Down to Earth


Do I believe in God? Or do I believe in the power of ‘God’?


The construction of a superpower, of an ultimate judge, suggests that we are mere flakes in the snow. Our unique designs and distinct pathways to earth have been orchestrated by a greater being; our fates, sealed, as we melt under the guise of His faithful sun. It is God, not persons, who transcribe successes and failures into the play called Life.

We do not teach ourselves how to stand on our own two feet. Family, neighbours, and, the all-knowing Lord guide and enable us. I am reminded of the anonymous poem entitled Footsteps in the Sand
(http://www.judyn.trest.com/footsteps.html) in which God affirms that “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Religious traditions are cleverly equipped with the verses and caveats to humble a people; to discourage persons from mounting a high horse and galloping into the diluted distance of self-importance. Neverminding the innumerous historical and ongoing examples of religiously-wrought egoism, such as the Divinely appointed Kings of England and Emperors of the Mughal Dynasty, I do believe that religion can foster humility.

Do I believe in God? Or do I believe in the power of ‘God’? I ask you…