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Several people have asked me lately how they can read my book since they don’t have a Kindle.  Kindle reading apps can be downloaded for free to computers and various devices through Amazon.  Here is the link to see which one works for you.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1000493771

Thank you to those of you who have been reading my book and sending your remarks.  I am grateful to all of you.

Peace be with you,

Sister Olive

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And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.”  Luke 18:19

I am haunted by my past, ashamed of my numerous failures, and constantly battling my self-serving nature.  I am afflicted with a disease called the human condition.  Christians refer to this as sin, the force that prevents our communion with a perfect God.

I can’t help but wonder:  If Jesus didn’t view Himself as good, then how do well-seasoned Christians tend to become so self-righteous?

I married a very religious Quaker baker when I was twenty-four who brought me to church to straighten me out.  He said that it took “the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon” to put up with me.  I can attest to the fact that it’s true.  But he wasn’t perfect either, although he thought he was. I tried to fit in by changing the way I dressed, the way I talked, the way I behaved.  I became fluent in the Christianese language.  But no matter where I went or how well I performed, I was still there…darn!

The truth is that I felt much more comfortable with my hippie friends than I’ve ever felt in any church. And church people have been very good to me. I just happen to enjoy the company of people who are really really real. I would rather attend a “love-in” or “rap session” any day over a church potluck.  (Without the dope and sex.)  Because among my friends, I could play an out-of-tune guitar and sing Donovan songs and recite T.S. Eliot and dance like a confused child until I almost fell down, and I still felt accepted and loved.

I’ll bet Jesus and those sinners had some great rap sessions when He was on Earth.  He accepted and loved people with all of their strange ways, and that is why I still adore Him even when His followers are disappointing.

I know I’m half-crazy, but could there be a problem with the church too? As Leonard Cohen asserts, “One of us cannot be wrong.”

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Nomination for HUG (Hope Unites Globally) Award

I woke up to discover this nomination from Sandi at http://flamidwyfe.wordpress.com/.  I am so grateful for this honor from such an amazing inspirational woman who works as a midwife in the Far East.

I read about this award today at: http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ .

Interestingly, before I saw this nomination, I was preparing to post a piece, which I have decided to include today.  I want to state that I am not a writer who strives to be politically correct, or flow with the current trends in society.  I simply state what I think and feel.  I am still on my own spiritual journey, and I think we should walk this path together truthfully and compassionately.

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LOCKING THE KINGDOM GATES

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”  ~Luke 11:52

For some reason, Christians today seem to have forgotten that Jesus wants everybody to come into His Kingdom, no matter what their life has been, no matter who they are. He doesn’t want His followers standing in the doorway of hope and blocking it for people who want to come in.  He offered Himself for all, not just a few.

He opens His arms to the atheists, the free thinkers, people of other cultures and faiths, feminists, gays, lesbians- Jesus wants every one of them to come to Him for redemption and hope. But we Americans have turned Christianity into an exclusive club for nationalists, bigots, and rich leaders who are robbing the poor and preaching that the sacred things are for sale.

I am confused by believers who run around stabbing people with the knives of their opinions and judgments, instead of embracing people with the compassion and healing of Christ. The church needs to repent of its cold heart toward people who would like a chance to know Jesus. I read these words by Martin Luther King recently, and couldn’t help but notice correlations with what is taking place today:

I must make it very clear in the beginning that I’m against discrimination and segregation whether it’s toward a Negro, or Mexican or a Jew or Catholic or wherever it is. I think injustice toward any people is a threat to justice for all people. I’m against discrimination.

The first way that the church can repent, the first way that it can move out into the arena of social reform is to remove the yoke of segregation from its own body. Now, I’m not saying that society must sit down and wait on a spiritual and moribund church as we’ve so often seen. I think it should have started in the church, but since it didn’t start in the church, our society needed to move on.

The church, itself, will stand under the judgment of God. Now that the mistake of the past has been made, I think that the opportunity of the future is to really go out and to transform American society, and where else is there a better place than in the institution that should serve as the moral guardian of the community. The institution that should preach brotherhood and make it a reality within its own body

I can’t help but wonder how we have strayed so far from the Gospel message of Christ, the Incarnate God who humbled Himself to dwell among adulteresses, whores, winos, and a variety of sinners (I was all of these).  He forgave them and set them free from their past, and now we are doing the opposite.  When will we ever learn?

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“Never look down on anyone. You do not know whether the Spirit of God prefers to dwell in you or in them.”

~Sayings of the Egyptian Fathers


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