I Am A Lion

By: Woodrow Lucas

I am a Lion, like my savior before me,

And I fight for the ways of love,

With power from above,

I rage for light,

I fight, one man against an army of darkness,

I feel alone so often,

But then my savior reminds me that I am never alone,

For every prayer I pray, I pray in unison with warriors around the world,

I am a Lion, like my Savior before me,

And I fight for the ways of love,

With men, and women, and children with hearts focused above,

And sometimes it seems like all is lost,

And the price that we pay isn’t worth the cost,

And then the Lion of Judah says with a shout,

“I died so that all would know love,

And I never lose,

Keep fighting, for your victory is inevitable,

I secured it long ago,

That love shall reign and mercy shall know every soul of man,

Keep fighting, I shall heal your land.”

And then I cry tears of sorrow, and then I cry tears of pain,

But then Joy comes upon me like a torrent of rain,

I am a Lion, like my savior before me,

And he assures me that the future is bright,

So I say to all warriors, don’t give up the fight,

For the price that you pay,

It is worth it!!!

The Heart of God

By: Woodrow Lucas

Sometimes it seems like God doesn’t care,

We pray and pray and nothing happens,

The pain and sorrow get worse and worse and we wonder?

Does God have any concern at all for me?

But see, God’s timing is a wondrous and complex thing,

And if we could see her heart,

We would see the Holy Spirit moving heaven and earth to prepare a joyful rest that we can’t forget,

A joyful rest that sits in our consciousness and reverberates joy through our being in an endless, eternal reckoning,

You see it is the will of the Holy Spirit as she works through Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Agers, Christians, atheists, and agnostics to not lose one soul to despair.

An in the short run this sometimes seems like a quixotic daydream with no merit,

But in the long run the Holy Ghost always gets her way.  The Queen of Heaven will not be denied,

Your soul will know peace whether it be in this lifetime or the next,

It will happen,

For Jesus’ love is truly invincible,

And even Satan will one day succumb to it,

God’s heart is to reach you and convince you of how much he loves by all means necessary.

And trust me, what God wants, God eventually gets, and that’s a fact.

We Are Loved

By: Woodrow Lucas

Sometimes life isn’t what we expect,

And we ponder on the meaning of our birth,

But then God shows us the faces of those who have prayed for us throughout the years,

And God blesses us to hear their prayers,

And we realize that we are loved beyond measure.

And sometimes miracles like this don’t happen,

And we have to believe that we are loved without physical proof,

We must simply trust that we are loved by God and many others,

And in that reckoning,

We are empowered to love others, not out of obligation but rather gratitude.

We Are One

By: Woodrow Lucas

My sister,  my mother, my brother,

I have seen the face of darkness,

My sister, my mother, my brother,

I have felt the sting of dark isolation in my flesh, and I have felt the pain of rejection in my consciousness,

And as Jesus revives me from that nightmare,

I can tell you one thing for sure,

We are one,

We are one species,

We are one ecosystem,

We are one planet,

We are one solar system,

We are one galaxy,

We are one cosmos,

We are one spirit,

We are one soul,

And we are one being!!!

But we are not one in sameness,

No we are all unique snowflake frequencies in God’s rainbow,

We are all integral notes in God’s symphony of unconditional love,

Jesus showed that he is one with the  misery of our deluded duality by dying on the cross,

And in rising from violence he revealed our common destiny of endless communion as one common heartbeat,

We are not separate and never have been,

The illusion of dark enmity is giving way to the light of eternal unity,

For the age of Aquarius is upon us,

And bliss awaits us all!!

 

I Am A Cafeteria Christian

By: Woodrow Lucas

I am a Cafeteria Christian,

I am a Cafeteria Christian through and through,

Are you?

I am a Cafeteria Christian because while I believe it is God breathed,

All of Christian Scripture doesn’t speak to me,

Not all of it illuminates me to see my Savior as he really is,

I quote Christian Scripture more than most,

And yet it is love that guides me more than any word, written on a page,

Christians who believe that the Bible is the Word of God usually inspire me quite a bit,

For the quality of their devotion and the fervor of their worship is astounding,

But I believe that God gave me an imagination for a reason,

And I see God more fully through imagining a mother of pure love,

Than the litigious vision of my brothers and sisters being thrown into a lake of fire to writhe for all eternity.

In my mind’s eye my heart shows me every human soul embracing Jesus in the hereafter with tears of gratitude in their eyes,

In my mind’s eye my heart shows me even Satan himself prostrate before our Savior with tears of contrition in his eyes, begging Jesus for a second chance,

And then I see Jesus embracing him and saying “I forgive you brother. Now sing me a song like in the old days.”

Christian Scripture must be beautiful for just consider the way that those who believe it worship God in transcendent ecstasy with tears in their eyes,

And Christian Scripture must be sacred for how could so many verses in it guide my life and give me hope if they weren’t sacred from the heart of the Mother herself.

But in the end, the dreams that get me through nightmarish moments have more to do with the Holy Spirit guiding and illuminating me directly and less with anything written.

I am a cafeteria Christian because some of the dreams that God has given me cannot be found in the bible and yet they are too beautiful to ignore.

Love is my obsession.  And even as I am healed of obsession,  Love is my master, and even as I am healed of slavery, love is my best friend.

And Christian Scripture speaks of love, yes it does, it does so beautifully..

But love has more to say than can be found in the 66 books of the Bible.

And I for one want to hear every last word!!

Tonight

By: Woodrow Lucas

Tonight, I do not feel so saved,

I do not feel so good or right,

Tonight, I feel so close to death,

That pains in my heart do not bring me fright,

Tonight, I feel like a lost soul,

I can’t remember a single thing,

That might make some view me wise,

Or might make nightingale’s sing,

Tonight I am lost,

Tonight I am jealous and angry and tired too,

Tonight, I do not wish well for many or few,

Tonight, I don’t care if the homeless freeze,

Or if battered wives perish at the hands of their monsters,

Tonight, I read scripture and Jesus seems like an angry, tormented, fool.

Tonight, I read Hindu texts and they seem like self-righteous stereo instructions written only for those who meditate ad-nauseum.

Tonight I cannot conceive in my heart,

Of a God who has loved me from the start,

And yet, tonight, I know if death claims me while I sleep,

That I go home to a hero’s welcome at my Savior’s seat,

For I know that my fickle consciousness,

And my even more my fickle mood,

Are not what determine my ultimate fate,

I know that my goodness is not the measure that God’s uses to assess her love for me even in my abuses,

I know with a knowing that goes beyond my soul,

That God loves us all like little infant babes,

Who sometimes throw temper tantrums and sometimes disobey,

That it is truly not that I love God, but that God loves me.

And so you see,

That is what makes me a universalist,

Because I know that all of us are just infants trying the best that we can,

And that woman or man, child, or elder,

God has a plan for each and every one of us,

God loves EACH OF US!!!

God loves us not because we think the right things,

Or breathe the right way,

Or visualize the right images,

Or pray the right prayers,

God loves us because we are her children!!

God will redeem all, not because all seem so redeemable,

But because  God loves each and every one of us, with the same fervor that he loves Jesus,

And yes just like Jesus, some of us for whatever reason may go to a cross,

Heck some of us might go to three or four crosses,

But in the end, God will succor our wounds and comfort our memories and set us into endless bliss.

I am a Universalist to the core of my being,

For even when I see no love,

I feel no love,

I have no love,

I know with a knowing that is deeper than my soul, that LOVE IS REAL!!

And that GOD IS LOVE!!

And that GOD HAS SAVED ALL AND WILL SAVE ALL!!!

God will save Satan.

God will save every demon, every devil, every jinn, and every false prophet that has ever existed.

Because this is God’s nature!!

God wills to redeem.

And though in the short run God’s will is not always done,

In the long run, God’s will is always done.

God is redemption!!

God is salvation.

And Jesus loves me, even if right now I feel like he is a narcissistic egomaniac.

It doesn’t matter,

Jesus’ thoughts are above my thoughts and his ways are above my ways,

And even though right now, I feel pretty dark,

He will find a way to lead me to the light again,

Because it is not that I love Jesus, but that Jesus loves me.

I have failed Jesus so many times.

And in my mind, Jesus has failed me just as many,

But that cannot change the love between us.

For that love is based on a Savior who loves me like he loves his very self.

And he is the Quizat Satterach.

He is the super being.

Tonight, I realize in this darkness of my consciousness.

That God has made me into a Universalist through and through.

For even now, I know that there is not one creature anywhere who will not be redeemed by her irresistible grace.

Right now, I love no one!!

Right now, I feel empty!!

Right now, I feel no zeal to help a living soul,

But right now, God loves me.

Right now, God has saved me,

Right now, God has a plan for me,

Right now, God will not let me forget her incredible plan of redemption for everything!!

And even though I am not grateful!!

She still delights in me!!

Because as beautiful as we are, and we are beautiful creatures,

Universalism, Grace, Mercy, they are not about us, they are about a being so beyond us and yet also so stitched to our very essence, that she will love us until the end of time and after that!!!

And that is Gospel truth!!

Imagine

By: Woodrow Lucas

Close your eyes.

Now imagine a being of pure love who can do anything but chooses not to sometimes because she would rather create other beings who she can teach to do anything because of her non action.

Now imagine a being of pure love who allows you to suffer but then suffers with you so he can teach you compassion.

Now imagine a being of pure love who desires pure beauty for every day of your life, but allows otherwise sometimes because she knows that the absence of beauty will make you appreciate beauty more.

Now imagine a being of pure light who loves you more than you can comprehend.

Now open your eyes and realize that this being is the God who created you in her mind’s eye before the beginning of all things.

Now close your eyes and imagine the most beautiful baby that you have ever seen.  Imagine this baby cooing and laughing and holding its hands out for you to grab it.

Now open your eyes and realize that this is how the God who created you sees you and all of your human brothers and sisters.

Now close your eyes and imagine a future that is replete with miracles, happy surprises, too good to be true moments, and dream come true experiences.

Now open your eyes and realize that what God has for you is better than that.

Victory

By: Woodrow Lucas

When I was a boy I wanted to be Martin Luther King,

For his life sings of the strength of unconditional love,

Which can only come from above,

But when I became a man, I gave myself to God,

And Jesus became my hero, for he died and rose to save my soul,

And I fasted for 40 days twice on orange juice and asked God to use me to storm the gates of hell,

But I didn’t realize that hell is less a place and more a condition,

And so when God answered my prayer,

Hell rose up in my flesh,

And at first I thought it was just a test,

But then I became quite the mess,

And the stress had me wish for death,

But I had to find a way to beat the hell within,

So that I could free others, good women and men,

Who this world has forsaken, but who God still loves dearly,

And so I rose up, day after day, with this hell in my body and I fought,

I kept Jobs, I went to Graduate School, I even almost got a PHD,

They had diagnosed me with schizoaffective disorder and that was partially true,

But the demons poking my stomach in the wee hours of the night,

Convinced me that my condition was more complicated than mere sight,

That my plight and my purpose was to wrestle the hell within until I found a way to free others,

And in my fight, God gave me a wonderful wife and two wonderful children to comfort me from the torment I felt within,

But hell is a vicious thing,

And it brought chaos, even when I tried as hard as I could, it still brought chaos,

And my wife with eyes of pure love said, “Husband we can go no further on this journey together, but I will always love you.”

And I have never forgiven her, for there is nothing to forgive,

She gave me her best,

She did the best that she could,

And when she could do no more she said, “That’s enough.”

And so to this day, I love her as the angel God sent me to succor my wounds as the hell in my body tormented me,

And I went into seclusion, and yes I wished for death,

But I had children and I knew that they needed me and so I told death, “We will meet dear friend, but not now.  Now I must do battle until the fight is won.”

And so I fought day after day and I would go to work and here voices and have temptations to take off all of my clothes and tell my boss that she was a tyrant.  But I fought and I never gave in.

I would go to my daughter’s soccer games and feel as though 5 different personalities dwelt in my body, all pulling me in different directions, but I fought and I would not relent.

For I can accept that hell entered into my flesh so that I could learn to heal the forsaken,

But I cannot accept that any devil, demon, hell, or illness can keep me from the abundant life that God has promised me.

And so I fight.  Day after day, I fight and I tell you I can feel my journey coming to an end.

I can see hell becoming heaven and me coming home to a hero’s welcome, while I still live on this planet,

And in this journey I have concluded 4 things:

Jesus is Lord,

God will save everyone,

God suffers with us in our suffering,

And all suffering no matter how dark is temporary.

And now I stand poised to feel heaven throughout my being and with that heaven I will free so many tormented hearts that the world has forsaken,

But I will be careful to remember for whom I fight,

I fight for a man who also knew torment,

I fight for a man who was the God of the earth and all things, for no woman or man has ever seen the beginning, all any of us have seen is the mediator between the great beyond and this world, this multiverse of duality,

The man for whom I fight loves all and has the power to save all,

He can guarantee to all of human kind from the best of us to the worst of us that we all have a guaranteed place of peace and happiness in the hereafter,

He is the mystery behind atomic energy,

He is the mystery behind quantum mechanics,

He is the mystery behind E=MC^2

He is Vishnu, he is Allah the beneficent, he is Kali, he is Jehovah,

He is El Shaddai, He is the Nirvana that Buddhists seek,

He is Christ consciousness, and he is also Jesus of Nazareth who overcame hell, death, evil, and fear all at once to proclaim a new destiny for the creation.

One not of eventual destruction like some scientists claim but one of divination, redemption, recreation, and freedom,

And with my Lord as my guide, I will preach and live as a householder like Lahiri Mahasaya before me, and I will free many.

But most importantly, I will live every day with the Joyous knowledge that when hell came to knock at my door I held to love like a man on fire AND I GOT THE VICTORY!!!

Your Savior is a Dreamer

By: Woodrow Lucas

When I was 19 I saw a dream of Jesus healing two women with Leprosy and since then I’ve seen impossible things made possible,

I’ve seen blind men climbing mount Everest,

I’ve seen men who had been paralyzed running around college campuses,

In 2001 they diagnosed me with schizoaffective disorder and said I’d never go to graduate school,

In 2007 I graduated from graduate school with honors and two Master’s degrees in theology and business,

I knew a man who tried to find a cure for illness and discovered a fungus called Penicillin,

When I was 19 I saw a dream of Jesus healing two women with Leprosy, and since then I’ve seen impossible things made possible,

Einstein was a patent clerk who was bad at math and he revolutionized the way we see reality,

If you have a dream pursue it to its bitter end and when it ends, keep pursuing it,

I knew a man named Martin who had a dream of a better nation and he died pursuing that dream, and forty years later America elected its first black President,

When you have a dream, don’t quit, don’t stop, keep pressing in until that dream is concrete reality,

For with God all things are possible and whether you succeed or not it’s worth the journey,

For I know a man who created us all, who had a dream that all creation would know redemption,

And he lived a life of torment to ensure that his dream would be made real, and now because of this dream your soul is heaven bound forever more,

If you have a dream, believe and don’t stop believing until either that dream is real or death calls you home,

Don’t stop, don’t quit, let no one deter you, for I tell you God is with you and with her, all things are possible,

For heaven on earth is dreams made real,

When God gives you a dream let no one deter your zeal but fight every thought that tells you it can’t be done,

For your savior is a dreamer and he’s got you forever!!

Life or the Letter

By: Woodrow Lucas

Matthew 7:13

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

Matthew 7:14

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. NIV

 

In Matthew 7:13 and 7:14 we see Jesus describing the prospects of humanity for finding life in this life or the after life.  He said that wide is the gate that leads to destruction and many go that way, and narrow is the way to life, and only a few souls find it.  It is important to note that in this pericope of scripture, Jesus is describing the fate of the unbeliever or unrepentant as destruction which is a much less horrific fate than the eternal hell that many believe await the unrepentant.  But this pericope of scripture is pretty clear, that the not that many people find eternal life and that eternal life is not something that is available to humanity writ large.  Now there are ways to Universalize this scripture, maybe by saying that Jesus is saying these things before he dies for all of our sins, and so post atonement everyone gets in.   Or perhaps you could do something creative with the Greek to redefine what Jesus means by only a “few” finding eternal life.  But for the most part this scripture suggests to me that there were at least times in Jesus’ life when he was not a Universalist and this scripture proves to me that there are verses in the Bible that support Universalism and verses that just out and out refute it.

 

In my opinion, while Universalism is the riddle of the Bible solved, if you read between the lines, the letter of scripture neither absolutely proves or disproves Universalism.  It is for this reason that I don’t base my Universalism on biblical writ, but rather the character of God.  I believe in a God of unconditional love and I believe that that God of unconditional love is going to save all because that God loves all and created all.  Whether the Bible substantiates that or not is immaterial to me.  The Bible suggests Universalism, but it doesn’t prove it.  Just like the Bible suggests Eternal Hell, but doesn’t prove that either.  The problem with the Bible is that suggests a lot of things, but if we are honest leaves us fractured and confused in the end about a lot of them.  That is why it takes faith, which the Bible describes as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen, to believe anything to the point that it becomes knowledge.  Paul said that the “letter of scripture killeth” and it is rather the spirit that brings life.

 

I believe about the Bible what the Bible says about itself that is God breathed, and that it is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, and for instruction in righteousness.  But I also believe that it was my obsessive allegiance to the Bible that helped to drive me insane when I was a young man.

 

In truth, the Bible helped to bring me to Universalism.   As I started to believe in Universalism, scriptures in the Bible just started to light up and it seemed like they were all pointing me to believe that God would save all.  But I do not still have that experience.  Now, almost every time I read the Bible I see something that seems to support eternal hell as much as it could possible support Universalism.  This is why I believe in Universalism based on my beliefs about God and Jesus, not the Bible.  Whether Jesus was a Universalist when he walked the earth or not, I believe that my risen Savior loves everyone so much that he is not going to stop until everyone makes it.  And whether Jesus was a Universalist when he walked the earth or not, I believe that it has always been the plan of God to reconcile all things, even Satan to light.  I mean it is just the nature of love.  Love may do many things but the balance of love redeems, restores, creates, and nurtures.  And so I believe that my God of love and his Son and the Holy Spirit have saved all and will save all, not because scripture says it, because scripture can be used to say anything if a person is creative enough, but because I believe that they love all of creation just so much that they are going to redeem it and all in it completely.  It is the character of God that moves me to Universalism. Yes I quote scripture all the time.  And I love scripture.  But I do not need scripture to support my faith in Universalism when it does not support it.  All I need is the revelation of the Holy Spirit and her constant reminders to me that I see, that I’m right, and God really is as good as I imagine him to be.