My Pot Belly And I

from this lovely person
http://slutzwrite.tumblr.com/
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My Pot Belly And I

my pot belly and i sing love songs to each other
like lullabies of broken hearts
and dreams waiting to join at the hip
yeah, my pot belly and i

my pot belly and i have been through a lot together
cold winters snuggled up under 5 blankets
like a burrito wrap of love and longing
yeah, my pot belly and i

my pot belly and i have done some ruckus causin’ shit
made enemies
and friends
went to protests and roared
I AM NOT INVISIBLE
yeah, my pot belly and i

my pot belly and i have ignored severely discouraging advertisements
about thin bellies
and non existant hips
where people have bullied incesseantly our need to be visible
our need to be loved
and wanted
and needed

this is not just about fatness
or body positivity
or even a society that says that pot bellies have no place here
it is about longing to love ourselves
and want ourselves
the way we are and not the way you deem we should act

my pot belly and i wear clothes too small
and jeans too tight
and let everything hang out
and let everything feel free
to do what we want when we want
how we want it
yeah, my pot belly and i love me

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“Give Justice”

Psalm 82

A psalm of Asaph.

1 God presides over heaven’s court;
he pronounces judgment on the heavenly beings:

2 “How long will you hand down unjust decisions
by favoring the wicked?

3 “Give justice to the poor and the orphan;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.

4 Rescue the poor and helpless;
deliver them from the grasp of evil people.

5 But these oppressors know nothing;
they are so ignorant!
They wander about in darkness,
while the whole world is shaken to the core.

6 I say, ‘You are gods;
you are all children of the Most High.

7 But you will die like mere mortals
and fall like every other ruler.’”

8 Rise up, O God, and judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to you.

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We read this at Morning Prayer today. I pretty much never read the bible and so when I come across stuff like this, especially in the Old Testament, I am taken back and get teary because it’s not just these radical christians doing a brand new thing but an ancient practice of justice and love passed down from grandparent to grandchild. A sacred relic that flourishes through fire and withstands the Armageddon or the Zombie Apocalypse or whatever you would like to imagine the end of the world to be.

Yah, that’s all. 

Peace and Grace.

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Wanderlust

Wanderlust, I don’t care if I am never able to travel or explore the earth. I do, though, desire to explore life and what I have with and within me in depth. I fall in love with pieces of paper and stones, taking certain furniture with me everywhere I live. Wanderlust, to desire and throb for a searching, for a roaming, to see and find beautiful things, to lust after that moment when the sunlight hits the city a particular way, when all the stars align which makes your heart thump, tears well and lip quiver.

The drive home, the last pages of your favourite book, a fucking perfect song, it is these moments we all are in search of. Some of us are awake to it, others are already immersed in it and others are so drowned by hopelessness that they forget it even existed.

It’s like my chest has arms or tentacles and just want to embrace the earth, the sun rays, and all the people I come across. As I lie on the grass my chest hugs and kisses the ground, lovers that will finally become one when I am buried. The arms within my chest will turn to sprouts and make mud into meadows, dirt into forests where the birds of the air can rest their wings and dream of all the beauty of the earth.

I pine for and feel beauty, for the perfection of green and purple and orange and blue. The world swells and it seems like it all breathes, my heart taking the form of the universe and pulsating through. My blood vessels morphing into branches of the peppercorn tree I lie under.

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Palestine vs. Israel

Apon seeing Kathy Kelly speak this evening, hoping to gain some answers on the Palestine/Israeli conflict, it has left me not knowing where to stand as a christian and as a supporter (and wishing I have the balls to do what they do) of non-violence. activism.

I guess, I should look up this issue more myself but whenever I do, I become more lost. I hear bland versions and hate filled rants that curdle my blood. When I ask people about the issue, they speak their opinions in heavily biassed and one-sided ways.

I am confused and dont know where to stand on this. If I “side” with the Israeli’s, I seem inhumane, and insensitive, but if I see what is happening and react I seem anti-Israeli, “non-christian”.

What if I don’t want to choose any side and wish these men would act like men of God and Allah? What if I choose both sides?

So, if anyone is reading this, please give me your heartfelt, love filled thoughts and banterings. No rage, no hate, no slandering or pointing of fingers.

Thanks

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Litany Of Resistance

Jesus For President Litany of Resistance

Created with the help of Jim Loney (CPT Reservist) and Brian Walsh (activist theologian)

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One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world

All: Have mercy on us

One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world

All: Free us from the bondage of sin and death

One: Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world

All: Hear our prayer. Grant us peace.

One: For the victims of war

All: Have mercy

One: Women, men and children

All: Have mercy

One: The maimed and the crippled

All: Have mercy

One: The abandoned and the homeless

All: Have mercy

One: the imprisoned and the tortured

All: Have mercy

One: The widowed and the orphaned

All: Have mercy

One: The bleeding and the dying

All: Have mercy

One: The weary and the desperate

All: Have mercy

One: The lost and the forsaken

All: Have mercy

One:   O God — Have mercy on  us sinners

All:     Forgive us for we know not what we do

One:    For our scorched and blackened earth

All:     Forgive us

One:    For the scandal of billions wasted in war

All:     Forgive us

One: For our arms makers and arms dealers

All: Forgive us

One:    For our Caesars and Herods

All: Forgive us

One: For the violence that is rooted in our hearts

All: Forgive us

One: For the times we turn others into enemies

All: Forgive us

One: Deliver us, O God

All: Guide our feet into the way of peace

One: Hear our prayer. 

All: Grant us peace.

One:  From the arrogance of power

All: Deliver us

One: From the myth of redemptive violence

All: Deliver us

One: From the tyranny of greed

All: Deliver us

One: From the ugliness of racism

All: Deliver us

One: From the cancer of hatred

All: Deliver us

One: From the seduction of wealth

All: Deliver us

One: From the addiction of control

All: Deliver us

One: From the idolatry of nationalism

All: Deliver us

One: From the paralysis of cynicism

All: Deliver us

One: From the violence of apathy

All: Deliver us

One: From the ghettos of poverty

All: Deliver us

One: From the ghettos of wealth

All: Deliver us

One: From a lack of imagination

All: Deliver us

One: Deliver us, O God

All: Guide our feet into the way of peace

One: We will not conform to the patterns of this world

All: Let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds

One: With the help of God’s grace

All: Let us resist evil wherever we find it

One: With the waging of war

All: We will not comply

One: With the legalization of murder

All: We will not comply

One: With the slaughter of innocents

All: We will not comply

One: With laws that betray human life

All: We will not comply

One: With the destruction of community

All: We will not comply

One: With the pointing finger and malicious talk

All: We will not comply

One: With the idea that happiness must be purchased

All: We will not comply

One: With the ravaging of the earth

All: We will not comply

One: With principalities and powers that oppress

All: We will not comply

One: With the destruction of peoples

All: We will not comply

One: With the raping of women

All: We will not comply

One: With governments that kill

All: We will not comply

One: With the theology of empire

All: We will not comply

One: With the business of militarism

All: We will not comply

One: With the hoarding of riches

All: We will not comply

One: With the dissemination of fear

All: We will not comply

One: Today we pledge our ultimate allegiance… to the Kingdom of God

All: We pledge allegiance

One: To a peace that is not like Rome’s

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the Gospel of enemy love

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the Kingdom of the poor and broken

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To a King that loves his enemies so much he died for them

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the least of these, with whom Christ dwells

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the transnational Church that transcends the artificial borders of nations

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the refugee of Nazareth

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the homeless rabbi who had no place to lay his head

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the cross rather than the sword

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the banner of love above any flag

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the one who rules with a towel rather than an iron fist

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the one who rides a donkey rather than a war-horse

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the revolution that sets both oppressed and oppressors free

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the Way that leads to life

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  To the Slaughtered Lamb

All: We pledge allegiance

One:  And together we proclaim his praises, from the margins of the empire to the centers of wealth and power

All: Long Live the Slaughtered Lamb

One:  Long Live the Slaughtered Lamb

All: Long Live the Slaughtered Lamb

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Converting Non-Christians

Converting Non-Christians.

Great post, I love this guy…

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Mmmm lamb kebabs/just a little something I wrote in church yesterday

Worthy is the Lamb
The Lamb that was slain
Who reigns
The martyr that rules a nation
The mute poet
The paralysed dancer
The blind prophet
The king who rides a donkey
And not a high fucking war horse

😀

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