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Land of Rest is a blog of Peter Jenks. Poems, quotes and photos are by Peter Jenks (unless otherwise noted or I miss noting an older post's photo) and are copyrighted, you are free to use these if you acknowledge their source.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Why do we listen to predictions

Recently the televangelist, Pat Robertson, made a prediction that the world would be struck by an asteroid last week.  I am writing this blog, so I suppose we missed it. The end of the world has been predicted time and time again and people listen and act on it. And then keep listening and following, though adapting.
It is not just religion, but business predictions that rarely come true, or stock experts that make predictions and they are way off base, but we forget and forgive and then listen again assuming that they are still wise because they are paid a lot of money.
Sports has the same problem. We are awaiting the NFL draft and I have seen innumerable predictions, and then we forget the predictions after the draft. We forget the beginning of the season predictions as soon as the season begins, though before that we are glued to these wise sages who so often are wrong.
Why is it?  Maybe because we are interested in the sports team or stocks or the actions of God, and there might not be any seeming action to follow thus we start making things up to talk about in order to think more about what we like to think about. Maybe we are just a very gullible creatures. Maybe I just don't have a clue.
But I, too, listen and do so with some cynicism - which I would guess is the norm for most people.
But it is interesting that we, or the media gives much credibility to it, or at least does not also mention the predictor's track record when doing such.

Thursday, April 17, 2014


May the relentless blessings of God                                                                                                                         disarm all our excuses which keep us from fully being alive,                                                                              Arrest the racing thoughts which keep us awake,                                                                                                   Dissolve our delusions and fantasies,                                                                                                                          Distract us from the endless technology                                                                                                                   which lures us into a virtual life,                                                                                                                                         and spark our souls into actually living again,                                                                                                      Dismiss our stubborn refusal to forgive                                                     and the grudges we hold towards others.
O Lord, surprise us with joy, open our hearts that they might sing
Protect those we have found the strength to love                                      and fill us with more love to share
That our world might soon be seen only through your eyes,
and from your heart.
God be with you and on you and around you and behind you and above you and beneath you and in your pockets and in your thoughts and in each tear and drop of sweat and cover you as the air and fill you as the water and surprise you like a great joke and touch you like a lover and support you like a friend and be born from your very core like a child and grow from you like your hair and be replenished upon you as your skin and flow through you as your blood and infect you with every germ and penetrate you with every ray of light and be before your breath and behind your fear and under your pain and around all of your most desperate loneliness and more still within you than the depth of your quietness and more desirous than any of your addictions, and arrive before you and leave behind you until you know that you are in God, in all that ever was and is and will be – in every tree and every rock and every creature that crawls or flies or moves, in every cloud and mountain and every raindrop and frost and every blade of grass and every river and ocean and every insect and virus and every star and planet and everyone who ever was and will be – and will be in God.

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