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REAL TALK: Note From A Messy Christian – Awesome!

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“I once described faith as something I got on my shoe and can’t kick or wash off. I’m stuck with it. My poems are the trespasses and blasphemies of a malpracticing Christian, one who can’t stop ogling an attractive leg, or wanting to be first, who is venial, foolish, seldom at peace, horny and lonely, and so far from the kingdom of God that his whole life becomes the theme of that distance, someone knowing he is in deep shit. It’s the perfect place to be, where you can’t fool yourself into thinking you’re on the right track… The only thing I have to offer God is my sins. I am interested in mercy when it appears in places where you would never expect it. I am interested in love that shovels shit against the tide. I am interested in grace… It is better to be annihilated and crushed by God, if you are in love with God, then it is to have no relationship at all. Better God smite you than merely be absent. God does not ‘tolerate’ me. God loves me.” — poet  Joe Weil, He is an American poet. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate creative writing classes at Binghamton University. @ http://www.joeweil.org/ 

( Original source: http://blog.prodigalpaul.com/2010/01/05/just-a-little-reminder-of-my-life/ )

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Paradoxes of a Christian Man by Philip Brewer (a poem)

The “poem” comes from Philip Brewer (“paradoxes of a Christian man”) … the Celtic knot background recalls a symbol from the cover of “The Promise of Paradox” (by Parker J. Palmer) … the tune (Picardy) recalls a favorite anthem, “Christus Paradox”…

Altogether, it breathes my understanding of life and living as a dance — a constant, rhythmic movement through a sea of paradoxes:

· Strong enough to be weak.
· Successful enough to fail.
· Busy enough to take time.
· Wise enough to say in don’t know.
· Serious enough to laugh.
· Rich enough to be poor.
· Right enough to be wrong.
· Compassionate enough to be childlike.
· Conservative enough to give freely.
· Mature enough to be childlike.
· Righteousness enough to be a sinner.
· Important enough to be last.
· Courageous enough to fear God.
· Planned enough to be spontaneous.
· Controlled enough to be flexible.
· Free enough to endure captivity.
· Knowledgeable enough to ask questions.
· Loving enough to get angry.
· Great enough to be anonymous.
· Responsible enough to play.
· Assured enough to be rejected.
· Stable enough to cry.
· Victorious enough to lose.
· Industrious enough to relax.
· Leading enough to serve.

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