A Loving Heart, and A Choice

A very long time ago,
God was hanging out with himself,
And he was in a creative,
Spontaneous kind of mood.

He thought to himself,
“Hmm…wonder what it would be like
To hang out with other beings?
Maybe it would be cool.

So he mustered up
All his creative talents,
And pulled out a few
Tricks from his bag,

And he said, “I will create
Beings like me,
I will give them a heart and soul,
And a spirit like mine.

I will put a spark of myself
Deep down inside them,
But I will do more than that.
I will make them free

To accept me or reject me,
To love or to hate,
To worship me or worship themselves,
To choose good or evil.

And so God did it.
He created us.
But we were not satisfied
To be what we were.

We wanted to be gods ourselves.
We wanted to rule,
To have power like God,
To give life, and to take it away.

So, God stepped back,
Knowing the outcome
Would not be good,
Since the only way to stop us

Would be to kill us,
And he loved us too much
And enjoyed his creation,
Despite its faults.

So, we built castles and kingdoms,
Formed weapons and walls,
Fought for power over each other,
Killing each other and ourselves.

God saw all this,
And it grieved his heart,
Because he knew what he must do.
God knew he must give his own life

To save us from ourselves.
So, God put his seed inside a woman,
And was born into his own creation.
He existed as one of us,

With all the faults and afflictions,
That we experienced,
And he suffered and hurt like us,
And we treated him with cruelty.

God was one of us,
And yet he did not make
The same choice that we made.
After all, he was already God.

So, he made a better choice,
A choice that we refused to make.
He chose to give his own life
To reap an eternal justice,

And to restore us to himself.
For we had drifted far away from him
In our hearts. We had all but forgotten
What it was like to love.

But God did something else
For his beloved creations.
He lived with us for a while,
He talked, walked and dined with us.

He healed and blessed us.
He pushed away the confusion
And turmoil that had grown inside us.
He gave us peace in our hearts,

A peace that we had exchanged
A long time ago, for power that we
Could not handle,
And violence that ripped us apart.

As he did this, some of us
Saw ourselves for whom
We really were.
We saw all the ugly thoughts we had.

We became restless,
We resented these revelations
About ourselves.
And instead of allowing

God to heal us,
We became angry
At ourselves, at each other,
And at him.

So, we did what God knew
We would do.
We took God to a very sad place,
And we punished him,

We pushed him away in our hearts,
We hurt him with all our might.
We tried to snuff God out
Of our memories and our dreams.

So, for a short time,
God let us think
That we had won.
He let us think that he was gone.

But he could not stay away.
Indeed, he had never really left.
We were just fooling ourselves
And each other, believing the lies

We wanted to believe.
God had something much better in mind,
Something greater
Than we could ask or imagine.

He gave us himself.
He entered our hearts
Through the power of his death.
He helped us to return

To the place we were before,
When things in this world
Were peaceful and beautiful,
Inside and out.

He gave us what he called
Grace and truth.
He brought us back
From the wretched disease

That we had embraced
Instead of love.
He put his love for us
Deep down in our hearts,

Once again,
And he gave us another choice,
And another, and another.
He just kept healing and loving us.

And so the circle continues.
It goes on forever,
To the end of the world,
God loving his creation.

So, what will you choose?

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Author: Gordon S. Bowman III

Writer, Visual Artist, Blogger, Advocate

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