Commemoration and Belief

by Jane Tawel

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Whatever one’s belief system, this is historically a good weekend to meditate on what makes a belief “true”. If I say I believe something, but don’t in fact, myself, act in accordance with it, what is the meaning and purpose of my belief? If I say I believe Someone loves me enough to suffer for me (and some believe die for me), but I accept that Someone’s love only to make myself feel better, and not in order to love those others in the world in need of a belief in A Love Without Strings Attached, what does that say about what I truly believe about the quality of a Higher Love?

As we look to what we say we believe, we often get stuck in the childish questions, like, “How has it changed me? How am I better a person? How does my future look brighter?” But the real questions to ask myself that the events commemorated in this weekend ask, the grown-up questions of The Christ are: “How does what I believe make me want to change the World? How does The Divine make me a better human being? How do I bring the future Kingdom of God to earth — now, today, here, for all — as The Christ did?”

If we aren’t suffering with others on Friday, and mourning for the whole world, the whole Earth on Saturday, we will never truly know what it is to celebrate life and resurrection on Sunday. No matter what one claims to believe, this is a good weekend to ponder as the philosopher might ask, What do we owe each other? And as the prophets or saints might ask, What would happen if some of us began to really believe in Love?

(c)Jane Tawel 2021

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Jane Tawel

Still not old enough to know better. I root around and explore ideas in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, Judeo-Christian Worldview, family, relationships, and art. Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement, I may sputter, but I still keep trying to move forward.

9 thoughts on “Commemoration and Belief”

  1. Facing the Cross and having been blessed with the faith and belief in the events, which I can only read about- I endeavor to deepen my experience in reflection. The result is knowing an incomprehensible Love. To follow and spread the in everything I do, to all I encounter, is my task moment to moment. Simple but not easy as a mere human.

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    1. Jeffw5382– wow. Thank you for that beautiful word to my heart. “My task is moment to moment” — ah, if I could get even halfway closer to that realization in my own life, I would be so much more free to love and be freely joyful. Thank you for this encouragement and blessing. To know that there is a “brother” like you out there in the world is a great happiness. Shalom, Jane

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  2. then the world might change, rearrange
    but sadly this instant karmatic society
    is further de sensitised by quick news
    of this and that
    and flash
    your mind turns away
    to tomorrow and a day when
    as i often muse i m not what i never was
    you know? lmao~!

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  3. May you always know the love of our Hod that carried all our burdens so that we may live in peace and harmony. Happy Easter and Spring blessings to you my dear Jane. So much our from my ❤ to your precious ❤ today and always 🙏😊

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  4. What beautiful words of truth my friend. I’m sipping my afternoon coffee thinking about the conversation we could share. Your words stir my heart! A hearty “Amen!” to this post. I love because he first loved me. And they will know we are HIS by our love. There’s no true love without the a thing of giving it. Instead of being condemned, I’m redeemed! If this dose not reflect from me to others, I mights as well not be loved. Blessings my wonderful friend! Karla ❤️

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    1. K.L. Hale — Thank you so much for your kind words. I am meditating on that juxtaposition you bring up — condemned v. redeemed. For me, with those insightful profound words of yours, the personal pondering is on that infinitesimal moment when I move from condemning what I have done or said that is wrong, sinful, hurtful, reactionary, insensitive — whatever human error I evince — to that bright passage into accepting (not earning!) that while there is nothing I can do to change what I have done — I have been redeemed by Someone, Some “thing” — that is able to redeem me, my actions, my days, even (dare I hope) my future. Why am I a person (well I am very good at analyzing why, but..) a person who is so stubborn, so hurt, so broken, so proud? — that I can not just hold out my hands and accept the gift of forgiveness, redemption, and freely given love? I am reading much these days that is helping me, but your words above have been a “gospel” to me today. Thank you and great joy in your journey today, friend. Jane

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      1. Jane, I’m so glad. There is much freedom in redemption. And as I re-read what I wrote I noticed my errors. But, undoubtedly, you’ve already given grace. Isn’t it such a great thing? There have been times I haven’t felt worthy of redemption. When I finally realized that my brokenness, stubbornness, and flat out doubt still couldn’t keep me from holy love, I gave up. And the losing it all is where I found the truth and love worth keeping. Carry on with truth and love my friend. 💛


  5. Instead of politics, during Easter I thought about the great irony and beauty in the meaning of Jesus and his message:
    That Christ was most viciously murdered in large part because he did not in the least behave in accordance to corrupted human conduct and expectation — and in particular because he was nowhere near to being the vengeful, wrathful behemoth so many people seemingly wanted or needed their savior to be and therefore believed he’d have to be. Maybe Christ died in large part because people subconsciously wanted their creator to be a reflection of them, and their patriarchy? And, of course, Jesus also offended some high priests, money changers and Romans in-charge.

    All that rejection, regardless of his unmistakable miracles — inexplicably healing crippling ailments, the lifelong blind, and most notably defying death with Lazarus — that were quite unlike the many present-day fraudster faith-healings performed.

    Maybe God became incarnate to prove to people that there really was hope for the many — especially for young people living in today’s physical, mental and spiritual turmoil — seeing hopelessness in a fire-and-brimstone angry-God-condemnation creator requiring literal pain-filled penance for Man’s sinful thus corrupted behavior? He became incarnate to show humankind what Messiah ought to and has to be. Fundamentally, that definitely included resurrection.

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    1. Wow, wow, wow. You are in the best and truest tradition and meaning a prophet – truth spoken with love. Thank you from the bottom of my striving and yearning soul for your wisdom here. Thank you sincerely, Jane

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