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I don’t know how to sing the blues

July9

borrowed, with gratitude from, Humans of New York : http://lnkd.in/bgtFJi5

the rest is me. sometimes we need examples of who not to be and what not to do.

some people channel such BULLSHIT through their lives.

so… that got me to the following:

Joanne has cancer. I spend almost every minute of the day willing her to be healed. I would take every ounce of strength I have and infuse her with it. I would give her every last drop of blood and white blood cells I can generate. I would carry her to the top of the mountain if I thought God could hear me more clearly.

this morning I ventured out to Starbucks in my Jeep. I often do annoying things that might include singing country songs at the top of my voice out of key, pray, play music loud (my current favorite to the horror of my neighborhood) is, What It’s Like (not a country song) by Everlast, from the Whitey Ford Sings the Blues album. it fits nicely with an open-air Jeep Wrangler (in Milton, Georgia this is the new Porsche).

a prayer popped into my head. then I realized it was a poem. then thought it might be a prayer. but, $@&% it… I meant it.

I love God He keeps me on my feet I love God He does not know the meaning of defeat I love God He keeps me on my toes I love God he is the architect of my woes I love God He makes me strong I love God He confuses my understanding of luck and fortuna I love God I beg him to make Jo well Soona (that was me rollin a bit ghetto).

so… what if poems are a form of prayer? does that mean stupid poems possess the potential to piss off God? if it makes me feel better, I think that’s a good sign.

…this reminds me… I wish Brandon, the creator and curator of Human of New York, would offer a method other than TUMBLR to share his own efforts. I wonder if he hears me?

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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Call Him what you must

December25

call Him what you will…

“that amorphous deity used to describe the magic, wonder, and beautifully unattainable mystery of our life and universe – describable only in poetry, metaphors, and parables which are often taken a bit too literally resulting in judgement, division, and violence.”

I say God. so, thank you God. but, no religion attached. I’m certain of the one and very open-minded abut the other. just convicted about it all. …all of it.

Merry Christmas.

go listen to, Love Came Down At Christmas, by Jars of Clay. do it!

or, watch it…

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

by the way… I spoke to my brother today. that left me with two thoughts…

I suspect Ken (not my brother) rats me out in a sense without really understanding context.

and,

to sort of quote…  it’s important to forgive.
ask yourself, “what have you had the hardest time forgiving?”
most will reply, “I’m not sure.”
consider, “when have you most needed forgiveness?”
again, most must certainly say, “I’m not sure about that either. I’m not talking about anything big, really. I’m talking about all the small things that need forgiveness. stuff with your brothers and sisters and friends. forgiveness keeps relationships moving. without forgiveness, everything comes to an end.”

let it all; all of it; begin tonight.

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discovering Ben Franklin

July8

this dissertation on Benjamin Franklin is insightful.

me? I now have a renewed and insatiable appetite for learning everything I can about this man and how he came to influence.

 Enrolled in the Boston Latin School at the age of eight his father had to withdraw him after the first year. The Boston Latin School was well known for many of the famous Puritan divines, a future Franklin apparently did not want to follow. One author stated that while a youth he was reported not as pious or faithful, but as “skeptical, puckish . . . irreverent.”(1) He went to another school but soon educated himself from the age 10 and on.

its another demonstration as to how brilliant and unique our founding fathers were. imagine being eight years old and having that much situational awareness. then being able to self educate himself from the age of ten into the leader and international influencer he became.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

 

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religious Sports teams

March31

so…

yesterday I picked-up on s story about Pope Francis and his decidedly un-traditional approach to the Papacy, and offered-up a quick post: Pope Francis is a “Love Kat”. while I don’t feel that qualifies him as a contrarian (other than within the Catholic Church), it was enough to get me thinking about other lines drawn in the “proverbial” sand.

NOTE: just to be chosen for his role he had to appeal to a majority, some how. that has to say, if not indicate something meaningful about what people want, or think they want, or maybe what God wants. but, we’ll investigate that later.

meanwhile, what I decided to pick-up on was the references to the “traditional Catholics” that had their collective backs up. they evidently have blogs. reference: Rorate Caeli, one of the most-read traditionalist efforts. they reacted to the Pope Francis foot-washing ceremony by declaring the death of the prior Pope Benedict’s eight-year project to correct what he considered, “the botched interpretations of the Second Vatican Council’s modernizing reforms”.

“The official end of the reform of the reform — by example,” ”Rorate Caeli” lamented in its report on Francis’ Holy Thursday ritual.

I think to keep things balanced, within reason, I’ll need to include Muslims because they appear to be a growing organization /1 – kind of like the way Samsung Android devices outnumber the iPhone. …what… in fact, there are evidently seventy three (73) different types of Muslims that include . sunni, shia, bahi, sufi, mirzai, wahabi, and, alawites.

are traditional Catholics to the Catholic Church what the Orthodox are to the Jews (is that the correct way to reference those fascinating people, “the Jews”?), and Extreme is to Muslims?

holy warwhile we (assuming you are tracking with me, here) are at this, are “traditional”, “orthodox”, and “extreme” qualifiers along the lines of “evangelical” in terms of Christians? if things got heated enough could some describe Evangelicals as Extreme? I’m thinking the Holy Wars funded by the English nobility that riled Muslims so much that they decided to promote the idea of Jihad. but, I digress.

there must be a significant difference amongst the groups because they all get heated-up about their positions, roles, view points, stances, and ability to dance.

is there a point system?

and, why don’t they have sports teams? I’m certain they all have blogs. and we know they have schools. and, if they do, can they all throw a baseball well, or kick a soccer ball effectively?

well… many of them actually do have sports teams and athletic clubs. the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, for example. there are probably many others, just as there are secret societies. but, I don’t care about any of that, for the moment.

all the major religions (referenced in this blog post) are centered on God. and, they all have very similar rules of conduct with the focus cast on Old Testament, which I find very comforting, mind you (the common foundation more so than the confusing, albeit epic, story-arc nature of the Old Testament).

I’m making less of a point, here, than I am setting-the-stage. I’m a ponderous thinker. so, more later. I’m probably just getting started.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

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• At slightly less than 2 billion, Christianity makes up about a third of the world population and approximately the same as the two next largest religions combined; Islam and Hinduism. Christianity is also the only religion represented in all 238 surveyed countries.

• The largest religion (Christianity) is aprox. 68% larger than the second largest religion (Islam) and 246% larger than the third largest religion (Hinduism).

• The nine smallest religions combined have fewer adherents than the third largest (Hinduism).

• And the eight smallest religions combined have fewer adherents than the fourth largest (Buddhism).

• The combined adherents of the three primary Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, makes up approximately 52.8% (3,202,240,666 persons) of the total population – more than half. Some times also Sikhism and the Bahá’í faith are counted as Abrahamic religions, in which case that number will be slightly higher.

• Non-religious people and people belonging to religions not part of the 12 world religions makes up slightly less than 27%. A smaller number than the largest religion, Christianity, but larger than the second largest religion, Islam.

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