These were from ‘Episcopal Church Memes’ on Facebook.
I wish there were a lot more Episcopal churches here. They are non fundamentalist and appear to have many of the same beliefs and understanding, as I do.
I realise my understanding of LGBTIQ not being sin and why…. will fall on deaf ears with most church people.
I also realise it is a hard job speaking up about this with secular society and people who do not believe in God.
But, I feel the need to speak up where I can. And I do. And I know I will encounter people disagreeing with me.
When I do speak up, it sometimes is exactly what someone needs to hear, as happened today. For that, I am thankful and it helps me to realise, I need to continue.
I spoke up today and it was confirmed by a man, that it “meant a lot to him”, to read my views and “this gay guy can get along with you any time any where. Thank you for speaking out! More need to. If more were like you we would not have to put up with the likes of the gay bashing ACL”
I am so sad to know how much ‘gay bashing goes on’ by church people and the Australian Christian Lobby.
But, I am glad to be able to help this man and anyone else, who may have read it. Continue reading →
I could write a book on all I have learned about gardening and the parallels between plants, growth, and people.
I have learned my plants need feeding well, and often. Otherwise they do not mature into the beautiful plants they have the potential to be. Plants need feeding well, to develop good strong roots, to blossom, to produce flowers and fruit.
And this feeding, when I draw parallels to people, is not about food. It is about what people absorb, learn, are they learning, what advice and external influences they take in. What feeds their soul and is it healthy, or not. Does it feed darkness, ego, negative aspects of personality. Or does it feed them in a healthy way.
People need feeding, in order to grow. In order to blossom. In order to yield fruit and beautiful flowers, of virtues some of which I also relate the Bible being the fruits of the spirit.
I see these fruits are only developed in people, when there is sufficient courage, humility and willingness, to grow.
Plants need this and rely on it from external sources. People need to feed themselves, it cannot to be done purely by others. There has to be sufficient willingness and courage, to be fed by all that is required, to grow and mature.
There are many types of plants. Like strong trees with good roots. Their bark is gnarly, weathered and old, but with beautiful branches and leaves. and I see these as the wise old souls. I see people like this, the bark representing the challenges and difficulties faced in growing through all kinds of weathers, but strong and beautiful as a result.
Some plants are beautiful and grow, some are needy, but good too. And capable of growth, only if fed well.
Some plants are okay, but have thorns and can be prickly. Need to be careful around them.
Some are considered weeds, but are in fact beautiful. Just a little different and need to be loved.
Some people are like horrible weeds gardeners hate. Sucking the life out of other plants (people). Selfish and uncompromising in their needs. They need to be kept separated from the other plants, or they kill them at their roots and take over. The emotional vampires of the plant world.
Some being beautiful on the outside, but are poison on the inside. And need to be kept well away from. But people can be charmed by their outer façade. And get infected, hurt and even killed by them, if unaware of what truly lies on the inside.
My tomato plants remind me how careful I need to be and I use organic soil, organic feed and they continually yield lots of tasty lovely fruit, that is a delight. If I fed them chemicals and yucky stuff, the tomatoes would be filled with this also and not be good.
I am also reminded of the Bible, and the Parable of the Sower. Continue reading →