Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Gift of the Fairy Folk - A Haiku


the northern lights shine
when the sky is having dreams
fairies sprinkle dust

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Today's writing prompt for you: "improve."

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I apologize to non-religious readers and others who follow a different religion, but I want to share a Bible verse that has brought me some comfort today.  I'm quoting from the World English Bible, as it is one of the few recent translations in the public domain.  The verse is John 16:33.

"I have told you these things, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble; but cheer up! I have overcome the world.”

I haven't read much of the Bible, and I don't even know what is going on in the rest of the chapter or book of John because I haven't read it.  I only know that this particular verse brings me comfort.  It comes at a time when my depression has been more severe than usual.  I needed to hear these words.  It seems as if the world is falling apart.  People everywhere are dying from catastrophes and malicious killers.  Sometimes I feel like the world is coming to an end.  It feels like everyone hates each other.  The country is divided, and the world is at war.  Plus, diseases are going around.  It's a very scary time to be alive.

It occurred to me recently that these things are getting my attention and making me NEED God more.  I never really paid attention to Him, except when I was younger for a brief time.  I haven't prayed very much in my life.  I haven't asked God for help.  It was as if He didn't even exist to me.  In fact, for a while, I was an atheist.  I turned my back on God when I saw how many other Christians behaved.  I'm talking about the ones who pretend to love Jesus but don't care about others.  They just don't follow in Jesus's footsteps.  I turned away from God when it all became too much to witness.

Recently, I talked with God, and He's shown me that I can still be a Christian without paying attention to the bad behavior of the pretenders.  Their behavior is between God and them.  We all face Him in the end.

I promised God that I won't ignore Him anymore and that I will work on my relationship with Him.  I will talk with Him often.  I will ask for help when I need it.  I will thank Him more often.  After all, He's looked out for me all these years, and I've not thanked Him enough.  He gave me a good man for a husband.

So, if you want to call God my "Invisible Friend," go right ahead.

He still seems scary, and I am working on that feeling.  I know God is good, kind, and loving.  He wants to be loved in return.  He wouldn't have created us if He didn't.

Thank you, God.  I love You.

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