Category Archives: quotes + excerpts

The Prophet on Marriage

by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said…
“And what of Marriage, master?”
And he answered saying:

You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other’s shadow.

A Hospital for the Broken

What if I told you, Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you voting Republican, really wasn’t His mission?
What if  I told you “Republican” doesn’t automatically mean Christian,
And just because you call some people blind, doesn’t automatically give you vision?

I mean, if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars?
Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor?
Tells single moms God doesn’t love them if they’ve ever had a divorce,
But in the Old Testament God actually calls the religious people whores.
Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice,
Tend to ridicule God’s people, they did it to John the Baptist,
They can’t fix their problems, and so they try to mask it,
Not realizing religion’s like spraying perfume on a casket.
See, the problem with religion, is it never gets to the core,
It’s just behavior modification, like a long list of chores.
Like, let’s dress up the outside, make things look nice and neat,
Its funny, that’s what they do to mummies, while the corpse rots underneath,
Now I ain’t judging, I’m just saying quit putting on a fake look,
Because there’s a problem if people only know that you’re a Christian by your Facebook.

I mean, in every other aspect of life, you know that logic’s unworthy.
Its like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey.
See this was me too but no one seemed to be on to me,
Acting like church kid, while addicted to pornography.
See on Sunday I’d go to church, but on Saturday getting faded,
Acting as if I was simply created to just have sex and get wasted.
See, I spent my whole life building this façade of neatness,
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness.
Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean,
It’s not a museum for good people, it’s a hospital for the broken.
Which means I don’t have to hide my failures, I don’t have to hide my sin,
Because it doesn’t depend on me, it depends on Him.
See, because when I was God’s enemy and certainly not a fan,
He looked downand said, “I want that man.
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools.
Don’t you see He’s so much better than just following some rules?
Now let me clarify: I love the church, I love the bible, and yes, I believe in sin,
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in?
See, remember He was called a glutton and a drunkard by “religious men”
But the Son of God never supports self-righteousness: not now, not then.

Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention,
How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrums,
See, one is the work of God but one’s a man-made invention,
See, one is the cure but the other’s the infection.
See, because Religion says do, but Jesus says done.
Religion says slave, Jesus says son,
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free.
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see.

And that’s why religion and Jesus are two different clans,
Religion is man searching for God; Christianity is God searching for man.
Which is why salvation is freely mine, forgiveness is my own,
Not based on my merits, but Jesus’ obedience alone.
Because he took the crown of thorns, and blood that dripped down his face,
He took what we all deserved, I guess that’s why you call it grace.
While being murdered he yelled “Father forgive them, they know not what they do,”
Because when He was dangling on that cross, He was thinking of you
And He absorbed all your sin, and he buried it in the tomb,
Which is why I’m kneeling at the cross now saying come on there’s room.
So for religion, know I hate it. In fact, I literally resent it,
Because when Jesus said, “It is finished,” I believe He meant it.

Be Continually Drunk

You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.

But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.

And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.”

Charles Baudelaire

Black Man Thinking Time

“There comes a time when the world gets quiet and the only thing left is your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it. Otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s saying.”

Sarah Dessen, Just Listen

Andrés has this theory.

You know those people (or maybe you are one) that can never be doing nothing by themselves? They’re always texting, emailing or calling. Always have the TV on or music playing. Always trying to distract themselves from silence when they’re alone.

Andrés thinks it’s really important (especially for your emotional health & overall stability) to be okay with yourself alone in the quiet, & to allow time for introspection that comes from sitting alone with your conscience.

I think it’s pretty deep, & I also think that’s why he’s so wise. (He’s also wise because he’s 9 years, 10 months & 12 days older than me… but who’s counting?) A lot of people come to him for advice, even a couple of my sisters. He has excellent morals. He makes tough decisions look like no-brainers because he can quickly navigate between right & wrong with a compassionate heart.

So. I want to dub this theory the Black Man Thinking Time Theory. (It’s a Cleveland joke from Family Guy.)

On Choosing to Cohabitate

“I am a professional Christian theologian/pastor-type connected to a mainline denomination. My ears always perk up when someone is claiming to speak for God, completely sure of “God’s will.”

Parents sometimes (often) do not know when it is time to cease trying to control adult children. And these children need to decide if they are willing to continue to be controlled by their elders, period.

And if God’s opinion, blessing or not, is truly important to anyone involved here, it is important to remember that God loves a sinner and understands the actions and motivations of this kind of “sin,” ESPECIALLY if it is the choice of a person of faith, one who is routinely in conversation with God. People need to do what will make themselves happy as long as they can live with their OWN decisions and THEIR understanding of God’s requirements of them.

As a parent of adult children, I can relate to the desires of “well-intentioned” parents and grandparents. But they need to remember and trust that, if they trained up their children well in the first place, they have no cause to worry how they will turn out. Having once stated their position quite clearly, perhaps the relatives should keep their voices out of their children’s business until they’re asked for their advice. Then they need to remember that children don’t have to follow that advice.”

Carolyn Hax (01.01.2011)

How To Be Happy

by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894)

  1. Make up your mind to be happy. Learn to find pleasure in simple things.
  2. Make the best of your circumstances. No one has everything, & everyone has something of sorrow intermingled with gladness of life. The trick is to make the laughter outweigh the tears.
  3. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Don’t think that somehow you should be protected from misfortune that befalls other people.
  4. You can’t please everybody. Don’t let criticism worry you.
  5. Don’t let your neighbor set your standards. Be yourself.
  6. Do the things you enjoy doing but stay out of debt.
  7. Never borrow trouble. Imaginary things are harder to bear than real ones.
  8. Since hate poisons the soul, do not cherish jealousy, enmity, grudges. Avoid people who make you unhappy.
  9. Have many interests. If you can’t travel, read about new places.
  10. Don’t hold post-mortems. Don’t spend your time brooding over sorrows or mistakes. Don’t be one who never gets over things.
  11. Do what you can for those less fortunate than yourself.
  12. Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy.