METAPHYSICIAN’S PRAYER — A Poem (A Work In Progress from An Open-Minded Skeptic))

God

I know this prayer

Is of little interest to You

 

You  know I

Struggle with You

Like Jacob

 

Who became "Israel"

When he wrestled

 With You

 

My belief

Or disbelief

Effects You

 

Not at all

Words of praise,

adoration,

 

Adulation

Leave You

Unmoved

 

Did you vanquish

My enemies?

Lead me

 

Beside still waters?

Restore my soul?

I doubt it

 

Do You care

If I eat traif?

Work on the Shabbat?

 

 But I believe——

You  observe  

The choices

 

I make

How

I treat other

 

Living beings…….

The small mercies

The acts of kindness

 

When no

One is watching

Except You

 

I believe this life

Is one of many

As precious

 

As ephemeral

As a perfect

Snow flake

  

 I believe

You observe……

 When

 

I evolve

When

 I choose to love  

 

When

I overcome

Fear 

 

When

I don't succumb

To cynicism and anger

 

I believe

That evil

Saddens You

 

But

Free will

Is

 

The rule

Even You

Don't break

 

Suffering is universal

That

Suffering is not punishment

 

It is a path

To teach

Compassion for others

 

I do not know

Perfection

Only intention and effort

 

 

You know

My desire

To know You

 

Is why

I wrote

This poem

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