April 16, 2017
Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The twin themes for this week are Passover, the first night of which falls on April 10, and Easter, which falls on April 16.
Today’s poem is about the beauty of religious diversity.
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God, if there is one, looks down upon the world
And sees its religions squabbling beneath Him.
What does He think of our parsings of His word
And the many ways His worshipers perceive Him?
How beautiful! He thinks. How like a garden!
Delightful! Such a perfect panoply!
A spiritual version of My Eden,
Each faith a flowering, fruit-bearing tree!
Why can’t they see their complementary beauty,
Enjoying the impressionistic view,
And dwell in peace and love, as is their duty,
Giving every kind of grace its due?
Don’t they know I love them equally,
As they must love, if they would love Me?
© by Nicholas Gordon
Hear or watch me recite this poem and listen to the music I chose for it at http://www.poemsforfree.com/godift.html. For more poems about religion, go to http://www.poemsforfree.com/religiouspoems.html .
This week’s theme: Easter and Passover
April 10: Religions Live in a Crowded Neighborhood
April 11: Easter and Pesach, Eternally Linked
April 12: Every Religion Has Blood on Its Hands
April 13: Easter and Passover Go Together
April 15: Praised Be Those Who Marry Out of LoveApril 16: God, if There Is One, Looks Down upon the World