I got the email from a priest telling people not to visit deacon Pete as he was in critical condition. I smiled when a few hours later, another email arrived announcing his passing. When I say I smiled, It doesn't mean I will not be sad and miss him on this planet, instead, I smiled because his journey with cancer over the years was now over faith has me a tad jealous that he will get to experience pure love without being entangled in his human body. The earth we live in is and can be pretty amazing, yet in comparison to the reality of what is really out there in the cosmos and the unseen dimensions where we are limited with our human bodies – it has to be mind blowing.
There is a lot of formality, rules, regulations, and traditions that give me heartburn in religion. I don't know why a simple two commandment rule isn't talked about more in churches. You simply love God with all your heart, mind, and soul – and love your neighbor as you wish to be loved. When you look out at how humans are treating themselves in the USA and the rest of the planet – you can see how far from the mark we all are. Sure, it is easy to love someone nice to us, but what about our enemies?
The old man in the desert taught me how to deal with that one. Forgive them and pray for them. I didn't' really think it would work so well, but I have been a great lesson and tool to learn.
So what about deacon Pete. Well? There is a bunch of his past I could talk about along with his ways and like in life – and there is also probably more of the sermons he would occasionally give where he did something that many priests in this denomination don't – he was relatable.
Sometimes I wonder what they teach in monasteries about God and life on earth. It seems to have the same disconnect I get when I hear young pastors in other denominations tell everyone what to do, but forget that they haven't experienced the mistakes or healed their own stuff. Perhaps I notice it more as I get older, but there is a lot of wasted time, and "stuff" that humans focus on that probably means little to nothing in the grand scheme of life.
Deacon Pete? Well – he was just a guy briefly put into my life that touched it and gave me a bit of hope that God is alive and well in a denomination that has a lot of man-made stuff interfering with the spirit of God and life. I am sure that line will piss off a few learned theologians, but I have to ask them when the last time they asked, "why?" versus simply following what someone who is their boss that we never see is so right was?
I guess that is the realm of spirituality and religion. Religion is for folks that are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for those who have experienced it already.
I have no clue what really will happen when our lives on this planet end. I just have faith that God is far larger and more amazing than our human minds limited his love to.
that is the beauty of choice and the freedom to believe, or not.
As for deacon Pete, i am trying to imagine the look or expression when he comes in contact with pure love - aka - god. may his soul be blessed. i pray we all get to experience this one day. “what? there is more? why didn’t we believe?”