Category Archives: Religion

Why we kneel – A Haiku Poem By Melba Christie


I recently had to explain to a youngster why we kneel. He heard it on the news so much he became curious. So I wrote a Haiku about it. I also looked up some articles about kneeling and have posted the links below.

To kneel or not to

we kneel for many reasons

kneel to pray today

Image by Myriam Zilles from Pixabay

Some references:

https://demwritepress.com/2018/09/30/why-we-kneel/

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/voices/the-psychology-of-taking-a-knee/

http://theologicalanthropology.com/blog/2016/3/22/

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Faith


Easter, Passover, and Ramadan

All in April this year. Yes.

Festivities cancelled, Yes.

Family reunions. No.

Time for reflection and introspection.

Yes. Very true.

For me and for you too.

There is no difference here

We all are facing the same fears.

We all want this to end.

So we can hug and elderly parent or a friend.

The three faiths

tied together in some ways

Renewal, Rebirth, Redemption,

Sacred sacrafice

A deep look into our souls.

Week long-time traditions

of Prayers, taraweeh, worship

Fasting, forbidden to eat certain foods

But later feasting in family.

Reading the books of wisdom

Bible. Torah, Quran,

Relearning what

Disciples and prophets have said.

We all have Faith in common,

Faith in God, in ourselves, in someone we love.

Nothing is simple.

We cannot give up.

We cannot loose hope.

We will overcome.

The pain will ease -up.

The earth will continue to turn.

The sun will continue to shine.

It is really up to us.

Together.

Even when we are socially distant from each other,

There are so many lessons to be learned by all of us.

One sweet lesson gained once again;

We all need LOVE.


Image by Afshad Subair from Pixabay

Happy Holidays to all. Be Well. Be Safe.

Let us take care of each other.

My Humble Message to the World Today


My eternal wish is for peace on earth;

Today many of us are celebrating

the birth of Christ, or

the Jewish festival of re-dedication, also known as the Festival of Lights,

or preparing for Kwanza.

Celebrating life in general is what we all have in common:

Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, baptisms,

Bar mitzvahs, Bat mitzvahs, retirements, accomplishments of all kinds,

and even honoring those who have passed is worth a celebration of life.

So I don’t get why we cannot concentrate

our efforts on becoming a part of each other

no matter what you believe in,

the synchronicity is evident.

When we born our hearts beat in unison.

We are all amazed at life’s wonders;

when we observe a magnificent sunrise,

or sunset, a waterfall, a butterfly or

a hummingbird hovering over a red rose.

We all love to be loved, hugged, kissed,

and snuggled by our mothers.

We all want to belong and be accepted for who we are.

I mean, is this not the truth?

Our humanity is unique.

We love, we even hate some of the same things.

Let us remember why we celebrate today most especially.

Let us be enlightened.

Let us be united.

Let us reach out to someone who may need a smile

or a simple and sincere greeting today.

We are all born into this world for a reason.

Let us all reflect on what that reason and purpose might be.

2020 begins a new decade and presents

a new opportunity for us to choose peace

instead of war, all wars, any war no matter how far,

even the wars that are embedded deep in our souls.

Let us choose love over hate and bigotry,

Let us choose gaining knowledge

about what makes us different over

ignorance and indifference.

Peace is not only a season or a few dates on the calender

but it is and should a way of life!

God bless you all!

Happy holidays!!

Image by Arek Socha from Pixabay

Image by Ri Butov from Pixabay
Image by Twinner Tiger from Pixabay

Again


A candle in the windI hate failure and we have failed as a nation to discuss gun violence. Ninety two people die daily from gun violence on the streets of our cities. I hate that we cannot find a viable solution. I hate that we have failed at standing together to protect innocent people like the five month old who was shot to death caught in gang violence and cross fire. I am sickened and heartbroken by this constant violence. I send prayers to all the victim’s and their families.

Again hate strutted in uninvited

Seven guns in hand

no one can understand

the motives behind it all

Mass murder is all too common now

no matter what the reason

Soon the news reports grows old,

Lives are shattered and torn apart

too many stories to be told

candle lit vigils, flags at half mast

cast shadows on the sacred ground

waiting for a miracle to at last be found

fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers

husbands, wives and children grieve

the love ones taken from them.

No one wants to believe

the reality and the truth.

The causes and the motives

unknown even to the most brilliant sleuth.

All of us know what needs to be done,

None of us need special permission.

to act with passion to make peace and love our greatest mission.

The Pope of Hope


As most people here in the Tri-State area, we have seen the presentations and masses pronounced by Pope Francis of the the Holy Seas and many of us have been deeply touched by his message of Love and Peace. This is my poem to honor his visit. I also tried painting his friendly face with all due respect.

Skies of crystal blue prevailed today
As the Pope of Hope
Like Jesus did walked among us

Even for those who were not too close
deep emotions did not fail
to energize and fill all hearts
with glory and hopeful dreams

As he waved to thousands
On what now will be the Holy urban trail
Worshipers screamed,
called out his name,
and cried sweet tears
for this Pope of the People
had washed away their fears.
For many today
Life will not be the same
History records impatiently
The sounds and sights today
Pope Francis of the Holy Sea
Prays for you and me and
For even the non-believer
All he wants is Peace to be a reality.

Pope Francis 2 by Melba

He asked us all to restore our hope
To resolve our differences with respect
For we must live as one
He asked us all to educate the young.

Future generations
must learn the lessons well;
To build our oneness
and fraternal love,
To restore a Nation of Freedom for all
This is our divine call.

He said to Remember the Golden Rule.
Our faces may be different yes
But our hearts beat all the same
Some filled with passion and compassion
Love can only be our gain.

Thank you Pope Francisco of the Holy Sea
for your humble presence and
your words of inspiration.

With Gratitude and Remembrance
I think we will see clearly now,
And forever more.
No more smog or clouds
to block our vision and sincere affirmations
For deep down in our hearts
We know this to be true
United we stand
and in God We Trust.

God bless America

and Pope Francis,

God bless you too.