We are human in some very special ways much like all Earth Life–so where does my God fit in–I believe in Jesus, my redeemer. I did a lot of bad stuff in my life, and as Jesus believed I am forgiven. As Jesus Believes in my life I AM FORGIVEN. God loves me, and through Jesus Christ, the Loving Savior, this is possible. I’m not sure why I sing the praises of God, but I do, and this makes my life good through my Savior Jesus. See, I’m getting old, and it is getting time to do it or get off, so I do it. I am a Christian who practices Zen meditation. Especially Soto Zen does not make a distinction, so I chose Christian Love and Buddhist sitting. I am a man who has failed to make decisions, but not on this one. Jesus holds the lost lamb, and I was that lost lamb, now I’m found, found in some very special ways, for I am forgiven of ALL my sins, I will walk this path the rest of my days, and it’s finally okay to do stuff that is not only good, and benefits my body, but that I find keeps me centered, keeps me humble, and lets me “NOT” think which feels good. Today I really hurt, so I ask my Zendo to sit Metta for me. My life isn’t a piece of cake, and I really hurt a lot of the time, but I can sit in meditation. No promises, I just sit, my Zen teacher says just sit. My good friend Tom, Kyosui, my name in Japanese, Tai Shi, calm poetry, his strong waters. He is my friend, a Christian, too. We have very different views of Christ, and that’s okay because we accept each other. Tom is my friend, and that’s what matters. Friendship is Christian because I can look at the disciples. They were friends. Jesus disciples were his friends, men who shared a common purpose to love one another as friends. That’s Christian, and that’s why I’m Christian.
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I was a University and community college instructor before retiring. I also worked in fast food restaurants, and retail stores. I am an ordinary man writing for because I want to write and because my education prepared me to write; BA English lit, MA English, EdS higher education, and MFA creative writing, free verse poetry and essays. Blogs are an answer to high-priced self-publishing. Walt Whitman had to self-publish his first 1000 copies of the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass because in 1855 poetry did not sell. Most poets make a living in other ways than writing. Wallace Stevens was an insurance executive, and TS Eliot was a banker. Many writers teach, and always there have been writers who have written because they needed to express their thoughts and feelings. They wrote not necessarily to make money but to express "the old universal truths of the human heart" according to Faulkner. Here I reach a wider audience I missed than by self-publishing, and I stand a better chance to reach a wider audience for less expense than self-publishing. I self-published my first books, Winter from Spring, and Meditations on Gratitude; poetry and photo books which were easier to self-publish than to seek a not to seek a publisher company. This blog allows me to write for an interested audience because I write poetry and personal essays. I write for a friendly audience and present to you a slice of my writing. Perhaps you will enjoy what you read. View more posts