Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Knots Prayer. . . .but no photo]

March 31, 2011
Dear God:
Please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.
Erase the will nots,
may nots,
might nots that may find
a home in my heart.
Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.
And most of all,
Dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind,
my heart and my life all of the 'am nots'
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.
Author Known to God


Gary Kelly said...

Ya gotta feel sorry for God. He went to all the trouble of creating all those 'nots' only to have ungrateful people reject them.

JustinO'Shea said...

Gary. . .you kidding? That is different theology. Those 'nots' are not created by God. . .I am the creator of all these 'nots; . . .these are of my 'twisted' making. . .none of them intended for us by God. . . .God make us simply wonderful. . I am the one who messes it up.

~~~ JustinO

J said...

If man creates things that are not intended by God, then the creator of the universe is not all-powerful. Conversely, if God is all-powerful, then he intends the creation of "nots".

JustinO'Shea said...

You've heard of "free will"? Scholastic theology posits humans created in the image and likeness of God. . . endowed with free will. . .the freedom to choose. God did not create humans as puppets. . .God gave human intelligence and the ability to learn and from knowledge flows the ability to choose, to make my own decisions.. . to love or not to love.

A real "not" in human beings is an abused child. . . you couldn't really believe an intelligent creative loving Being we can call GOD, if we wish, created/willed that "NOT" which is child abuse. Or that this loving Father-God wills that child to be abused .

Oh yes, that supreme being I accept calling GOD is all powerful but this Perfect Being is not some monstrous S&M cruelly playing with creation. Or having created the human with free will would deny the human the free exercise of that will to choose. . .to love, or not to love, God is not a contradiction.

But while you may not choose to believe any of this you do certainly know the veracity and logic of which I attempt to write. ;-)


Anonymous said...

Yeah, yeah, but who came up with about 10 "Thou shalt nots" eh? Hmm..?

A not by any other name........



JustinO'Shea said...

Good point, NotGreg. . .hmmm. . .could we perhaps say these 10 are deducted statements about human conduct commonly accepted as "right and just" for healthy productive living? ;-)

Btw, #4 of these 10 isn't a Not. . since it says "Honor thy father and thy mother".

Is this one of the Big Ten? "Keep holy the Sabbath/the Lord's day."

I find I need to look uo the Big 10 as I cannot recite them . . .. .hehe


JustinO'Shea said...

Yes, there are 8 NOTS and 2 others. .

The Big Ten. . . .

I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange gods before me.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Remember to keep holy the Lord's day

Honor your father and your mother.

You shall not kill.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.

You shall not covet you neighbor's goods.

J said...

I just spent the past week dealing with liars, thieves, adulterers, murderers and covetors of all stripes. Does that make me a holy man? Tonight I think I'll worship a strange god in a bottle.

Anonymous said...

Oops, you are correct, not all 10 are "nots" ... but it is interesting to see the division of the commandments according to the particular religion that uses them.

I'm not saying that I "believe" everything in Wiki (lol) but check out the listing on this page:

Depending on whose viewpoint you are looking from, there may only be 8 "nots"

Greg-definitely in Adealde

Gary Kelly said...

J is a lawyer so he can afford bottles. I have to settle for chateau cardboard (also referred to as chateau cirrhosis).

Meanwhile, on the subject of 'nots', how come there's nothing in the 10 commandments about knickers and getting them in knots?

Gary Kelly said...

Actually, I've often wondered about the Ten Commandments. Apparently, God called Moses to the top of Mt Sinai (which is a pretty sleep climb).

When God finished speaking to Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him two tablets of stone inscribed by the very finger of God. They contained the Ten Commandments.

I figure 10 commandments chiseled in stone would have weighed quite a bit, especially for an old bloke with nothing but a walking stick to aid him. And then he had to carry the stone tablets all the way back down the mountain to his people.

Admittedly, it took a while, and the people became impatient and frustrated, but even so...

Oh dear, here I am at 66 and there's still so much I don't understand!

JustinO'Shea said...

Getting one's knickers in knots. . .Waaaalllll, ya know, I guess the writers thought that's the only way left for some people to get their kicks. . .after all they took away the adultery and whoring and lusting thoughts. . .so getting their knickers knotted is maybe the only thrills they got left. . .

You think? Maybe?


JustinO'Shea said...

Hmmmm. . . .Yahweh. . the stone cutter. . .

And when Moses came down from that Mount Sinai he was so bent out of shape at what he saw Aaron and People doing, dancing and drinking and Golden Calves, etc. . .Moses then and there smashed those stone tablets. . .

So God had to make another set. Given the drinking brawl going on in the Camp, I wonder if God added on a few more NOTS to the originals. . . .hmmmm

J said...

What a party pooper!

Coop said...

I like what you're saying, Justino, about free will and one's conception of God :)

It's a help to me cause I tend to tie myself up in knots over my obedience to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Stew said...

Y'all are funny. I love your banters.
I like the original post though. People need to realize that they set their own boundaries. That we are each capable of much more than we give ourselves credit for.


Coop, You said it right the Catholic Church is unforgiving,
run by Human Beings, and the
NOTS seem to never ever disappear.
Oh why does Man Stray, the saying
"it's a tough enough Life", seems
the only way we like to weave it.