Like Daniel - hey- maybe that's what we were supposed to get from that story.
This is what my friend wished all her friends yesterday:
Covered all the bases without ridiculing anyone's core beliefs...what a rarity:
Rebirth, Resurrection, Spring, being Passed Over and Alive....whatever form you choose, celebrate a glorious Eostre day.
(Her heart lies with Eostre - but she lets me have my rebirth, resurrection, spring, and passover tinged Easter- and doesn't begrudge me a second of it).
I went out to dinner with another friend of mine who was ordained only last year at the age of 63, after a long career as a teacher. And as were eating I said, 'It must be so difficult wearing your belief outwardly (she's Anglican so wears the collar they wear) and she asked, 'What do you mean?'
And I said, 'You make yourself an obvious target for so much scorn and derision...on more occasions that I can number - but only on the internet- when certain types of people find out that I believe in God - even the amorphous concept of God that I have - I'm ridiculed and told that I believe in fairy tales and I'm stupid...etc., etc.. and she said,
'Oh well that's the nature of the internet and those sorts of people. They very seldom walk up to anyone on the street or in a church and say those sorts of things to someone like me.'
And I thought - 'What an unproductive and round about way to achieve your purpose if you wish the demise of the church and religious belief- these people aren't even attacking the source.'
I was literally very surprised. I figured she must hear this **** all the time. Apparently not.