The joy of variety

I supplement my Christianity with Buddhism and Judaism, with a little bit of Hinduism and Sufism thrown in for flavor.  Some Christians would cringe at that, but I hope to change their minds.

We are told to love our neighbors.  How can we show them love if we don’t understand anything about them?  The more I learn about other faith traditions, the closer I get to God.  God gave us brains so we can use them, not keep them closed.

If God didn’t want us to be different, then God would have made us all the same. That would be as boring as a garden full of the same kind of flower or an orchestra with just one kind of instrument.  I like daylilies and piccolos, but I also like roses and kettledrums.  Variety adds balance and joy to life.

I love the fact that I can take a yoga class (Hindu) in a YMCA (Christian) gym. I love that it is possible to find music that has Caribbean steel drums and Tibetan throat singing and Chinese hammered dulcimer all together.  I love that I can go to a Chinese buffet and get Japanese and American food too.  I love that we are waking up to the beauty of each other and celebrating our differences.

I think this is part of what the Kingdom of Heaven looks like.  Celebrating the glorious variety that God has made here on Earth is a sign that we love and trust that our God is good and loves us.


About betsybeadhead

Hello, and Welcome. My name is Betsy, and I like beads and prayers. Fortunately those two things are more related than I ever realized. You are invited to “like” my Facebook page titled “Betsy Beadhead” and thus see what I’m talking about in my posts when I try to explain something using beads rather than words. This whole thing started because of that. Then I couldn't figure out how to post pictures so I just started writing. I string together words the same way I string together beads, and both serve the same purpose. I work at a library, surrounded by ideas brushing up against each other. I draw, paint, and collage. I study world religions. In all these experiences I like combining different things and making new things, and stretching my understanding of what “is” and what “has to be.” You are welcome to share my posts - just please give credit where credit is due. I'm anti-censorship but I'm also anti-plagiarism.
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