Happy Beautiful Thursday y’all. I’m allowed to say y’all now that I live in the South. Okay, y’all? Here you go, three beautiful things!
1. Revelation. The Books revealed to the prophets and messengers of God. Sure, some people pick out verses from them that seem unjust. But if you look at them as a whole, if you look at the message, they are beautiful. Believe. Do Good. There Will Be A Day When You Will Be Judged. Today I was gifted a Bible by Stan, a friend of mine who is also a United Methodist pastor. We meet [almost] every Thursday for breakfast, and I’m honored to speak with him about revelation and the followers of revelation. It’s always an inspiring conversation and it gets my brain churning– both informing me of my own faith tradition (and covenant) as well as other peoples’ covenants.
Today, we spoke a bit about the description of Judgment Day in the New Testament (what Muslims refer to as the Injeel, and also considered a revelation of God)… it echoes a similar description in the Qur’an…
I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. – New Testament, Revelations 20:12-13
And [on that Day] you will see all people kneeling down [in humility]: all people will be called upon to [face] their record: “Today you shall be requited for all that you ever did! This Our record speaks of you in all truth: for, verily, We have caused to be recorded all that you ever did! – Qur’an, The Kneeling, 34:28
2. Home-made food. Before I got married and gained daddy status with WarriorPrincess, I talked the talk about eating healthy but rarely walked the walk. Having a family forced me to be consistent, and so I began to use as many local, organic, and unprocessed foods that I could. I avoid additives like the plague. When I looked at the list of ingredients on a package of butter, I noticed that one of them was “natural flavoring,” and I wanted to puke. How do you add flavoring to butter? I want to taste butter! Not what some chemist thinks butter tastes like! It feels absolutely amazing to fill my grocery bags with fresh fruits and vegetables and make things… it fulfills my creative needs, my spiritual needs, and my bodily needs. What more could I ask for?
Tonight, I made falafel from scratch. You’ll see the recipe on Wednesday.
3. You. I know, what a cop-out! I want you to write about something beautiful in the comments!