Original Sin or Original Blessing?
Which will it be?
Which best describes the you and the me?
Looking around I seem to notice
that both are so.
Looking inside I have to admit
I am a contradiction – both a “Yes!” and a “No!”
When “missing the mark” is the definition of sin
I draw up a list that includes you in
I’m on the list, surely it’s so
but way down the page – items ‘m,’ ‘n,’ and ‘o.’
Yet, sin, properly understood
is more than being bad or being good;
it is being estranged,
out of sync, not deranged.
It is alienation from that which grounds us
creating fear, anxiety, and much that astounds us
So, what is my hope?
Do I look to the past, while I plan my futurity –
cling to the cross as a passport to eternity?
I will live my life now
contradictions and all
while I figure out how
to listen for that call
that comes as a whisper inside
nudging me to move beyond pride
and care for the poor, the lost, and the grieving
while filling my life with abundant living.
Setting my footsteps in the path of the Way
I’ll keep my focus here in today.
For I’m a human being through and through
a lot of good, yet some bad in there, too.
Original Blessing; Original Sin –
Yes and yes, they both figure in
but not to shame us
or to blame us;
but simply to help us recognize
that we are both shallow and wise
and capable of becoming whole and true
genuine me and genuine you!