God’s Obituary Revisited

April 27, 2013

The title of Indytony’s poem drew me in. The writing kept me reading. One of my favorite responses to people who have tried to “save my soul” is “people created God, not the other way around”. What is created by people can also be killed by them. His poem does a good job of explaining how and the warm twist at the end, made me laugh. God (She-He-It) still exists, obituary notwithstanding…

A Way With Words

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

God did many wondrous and mysterious things

Blessing a people to bless others

Delivering them from slavery to a Promised Land.

Rescuing them from self-destruction

Showing them mercy from everlasting to everlasting.

 

Then, some time ago, God died.

It might have been by the pen of Frederich Nietzsche,

Or in the ovens of Aushwitz.

Or on the tongue of Dr. Matthews, in the Spring of 1983

Who taught me that theology was no longer the study of God,

But the exploration of what it means to be human.

 

When I was young, God was very much alive.

Spewing fire and brimstone from the pulpit

Of the First Mount Pleasant Baptist church.

Kneeling beside me when I asked Jesus to come into my heart.

Holding me tight on nights I would hear my parents screaming at each other,

Softly whispering…

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