Jesus is my God

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

Jesus is my God and Jesus is Love,

He is the answer to all riddles, he is all our problems solved.

And not hell itself will ever shake my resolve.

To fight to the death and after that,

For this name of love abounding,

For this music resounding,

I will fight with all I am for his love to spread to all,

For he died in absolute misery so that none would fall,

He saved my soul from torment and taught me how to fight,

So that I could be a mighty soldier,

A soldier for the light,

Jesus is my God and Jesus is love,

And love is my obsession, love is my quest,

And until all know love, I will not rest,

For I have been tested by the fire and came out alive,

And soon we all shall rise,

For a mighty warrior came and died yes it was some time ago.

But his beauty and his spirit continues to flow,

For when he rose from the depths of torment,

He became a mystery,

He became love incarnate and joy for you and me,

And soon he shall redeem all things, you’ll see,

Until then it is the lamb of God for whom I fight, with love in flight,

Until it is for the lamb of God that I wave my swords of light,

Just open up your heart and ask for his love to come in,

And you’ll see that because he won,

We all win!!!

The One

I truly believe that all you need to be whole and content in this life is a higher power who you believe loves you and who you believe loves everyone else too.  Maybe your higher power is the sacred Gaia, or maybe even your higher power is science and empiricism.  All you really need to be whole and content in this life is belief in something larger than yourself that keeps your soul stable.  But I tell you, there is a man, who was born of a virgin who embraced misery so that none might know misery.  This man is beyond equal.  No one no matter how great, no matter how wise, no matter how powerful compares to this man.  Is it fair that God would choose a man and not a woman to be the greatest that ever lived or ever will live? Is this fair? I am not sure? I am not God? But there can only be one chosen one, the rest of us are just one of many.  There is only one Messiah, the rest of us are just Avatars or Bodhisattvas.  The rest of us are just one of many.  But he is the one.  This a great mystery.  But my very DNA cries out to Jesus of Nazareth.  For there can only be one chosen one.  And this man came to me when I was strapped down on a gurny after a 3 month delusional episode in Christiana Hospital and said, “Now we take it day by day my son” and together me and Jesus of Nazareth have taken it day by day and now I am free and whole and true.

I truly believe that all you need to be whole and content in this life is a higher power who you believe loves you and who you believe loves everyone else too.  And many can fulfill this role.  Allah, the Buddha, Vishnu, Siva, Babaji, Adamas of Telos, Yogananda, Mary, the Holy Spirit, Mother Earth, the Sacred Beloved.  For there are many saints and deities who are full of love and power, but there is only one whose love was great enough to become an infant, so that he could show us the way out of our infancy.  Yes it is true that there are many Bodhisattvas who forsake Nirvana until all have come into bliss and that is beautiful.  But there is only one who became evil so that he could overcome evil for us all.  There is only one who became misery, so that he could save all from misery and there is only one who embraced hell to ensure that all would one day be free of it.  You see only one Avatar, only one Bodhissatva had enough love to ensure that none, not one would be lost forever.  It is this God that I serve.  As I said, all you need to be content and whole on the earth is a higher power who loves you and who you believe loves everyone else too.  But if you want to know the man who imagined your DNA into existence trillions of years before the concept of a year existed, then give your life to Jesus.  I promise you that in the end, you won’t regret it!!

The Sun Shines Brightly

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

The Sun Shines Brightly,

It heals the soul in times of fright,

But there is a light that shines brighter within us day and night,

It is the sound of children crying out for the comfort of their mother’s touch,

It is the kindness we show to each other,

When life just seems too much,

The sun shines brightly,

It heals the soul in times of fright,

But there is a light that shines brighter within us day and night,

It loves in times when people call us fools,

It loves when tragic sounds abound,

It loves until we can hear the sound,

O Jesus saying, “It will be alright.”

For I am with you always,

The sun shines brightly,

It heals the soul in times of fright,

But there is a light that shines brighter,

The light of God in one and all,

The light of God to catch us when we fall,

Of bliss and endless beauty,

So when fright has you gripped in the spider’s web,

The sun may help that’s true,

But there is a  light who always burns,

A light that will comfort you,

Sometimes this life can get quite hard,

But I promise it has a happy ending,

For a light within me tells me so,

A light that’s always sending,

His love to one and all to feel,

And tremble at his sight,

A light to heal the broken heart,

And wonder at his might,

The sun shines brightly,

It heals the soul in times of fright,

But God will love you no matter what,

Within, without, wrong  or right,

For God made you a special sort,

To Glorify his name,

And God knows how to free the hurting soul from guilt and shame,

So when you feel that pain that comes,

Just know it too shall pass,

For God will love you always, day and night and everlast.

The Queen of Heaven

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

I know a woman whose radiance created the cosmos.

She is beauty beyond measure and her beauty resies in all of the sons and daughters of Adam.

There was a time when the weight of life so gripped me that I poured a glass of dishwashing detergent, and pondered on the world beyond,

And as I pondered she came to me and I felt chills run up my spine and she whispered, “Not yet my son, for you have more to see, not yet my son for you have more to be,”

And I grabbed her and said, “Holy Spirit, Queen of Heaven, show me the secrets of love”

And she showed me alcoholic mothers, craving the touch of men who would forsake them, because the pain within is so tormenting,

And she showed me war torn survivors of war, afraid of their own shadow.

And she showed me prophets and prophetesses locked up in straight jackets, hearing the accusations of an enemy who seeks to destroy us all.

And then she showed me young Muslim children holding to their parents tight laughing and chanting Asalamalakim Alaikum Salam.

And then she showed me an old church saint feeding kittens on her doorstep

And then she said, “You are one of them”

“Life is a grand mystery, but love is eternal and love is greater than life”

“I am greater than life, and soon there will be no flesh who does not know my comfort”

“For I am the queen of heaven and I am great and mighty,”

“Able to grab souls who spent their lives in greed and violence from the clutches of the enemy,”

“So that I may heal their wounded souls,

“And I will heal your soul my son,”

“For there is no soul that is not worthy of my magnificent embrace.

”For you are all made in the image of God and that imagewill not fail you!”

And then with tears in my eyes I said, “Holy Spirit, great queen who has comforted me since birth,”

“Come into me afresh and transform me into what you will for me to be!”

And in that moment, I became a Son of God.

I know a woman, who goes by many names,

But I call her the Holy Spirit,

And I will love her until the day I die and beyond!!

Jesus Paid it All

Sister Strugglin’, Can’t please your boss,

There’s a man they murdered in the street on a cross,

He died so you can know, and then go and show that you are loved and cherished from head to toe,

Sister Strugglin, can’t please your boss,

There’s a man they murdered in the street on a cross,

So that you can see, an eternal destiny, that Jesus gave us all so that we all could be,

At peace, always knowing of our father’s love,

At peace, always knowing we have help from above,

Sister Struggling, can’t please your boss,

There’s a man they murdered in the street on a cross,

He died not just for you and me, he died so that all would see the light of eternal peace for all eternity,

So here’s the guarantee,

There’s not a single soul who won’t make it to be happy and free,

Every one whose ever been and everyone who ever will be,

Will be in the bosom of the father blessed be,

So sister struggling, can’t please our boss,

Count the cost that Jesus paid, cause he paid it not just so you might make the light,

But he paid it so that you would truly be all right.

So join the fight,

And feel the power running through you, to you, for you, to be true,

Jesus won the victory and that victory is still in effect,

So when you catch wreck, just know it’s temporary,

For all of human kind is destined to the same eternal sanctuary,

Jesus made I so, it’s not changing,

So grab some other souls and start engaging,

Tell them the good news that every one’s gettin’ in,

Like Rob Bell Says, “Love Wins,”

The price for sin has been paid and just in case you fall,

Know this, your blessed Savior has paid it all!!!

Elisabeth Taron

By: Woodrow Lucas

Elizabeth, you were an eccentric mountain of a soul,

Way too big for this world,

Way too kind for this consciousness.

Elizabeth you were a behemoth light,

Trapped in a life that wasn’t worthy of you,

And so God took you home, so that you could be among like minds and like hearts,

But before he took you fair angel,

I fell head over heels in love with you,

The sincerity of your smile,

The vulnerability of your tears,

The softness of your heart,

I loved all of it,

And now you are gone,

I tell you fare soul,

Whatever I achieve in recovering from the madness that gripped us both,

I do in honor of my fare angel, Elisabeth,

The whirling wind, the shining star, and the memory everlasting in my heart.

Perfection

By: Woodrow Lucas

Two of my biggest faults are extremism and perfectionism.  I mean they really harass me in all ways.  To be a perfectionist in a world as imperfect as the one in which we live can be extremely painful.  But even in my perfectionistic afflictions, God has given me a Balm in Gilead.  Universalism, the concept that God is a God of perfect love who perfectly loves all of us, who perfectly gave his Son to die for us,  and will perfectly guide every single one of us to a perfectly happy and blissful destiny, is actually a perfect thing.  It is a perfect truth.  It is perfection.

 

It wreaks of the perfection of God. It is simple enough for a 3 year old to grasp yet in the way it is worked out, it forces us to embrace complexity, upon complexity, upon complexity, until we are operating with the mind of God.  This truth is so beautiful and simple and complex and mysterious and obvious, it wreaks of a better place than the earth.  I wholeheartedly believe that Jesus is Lord.  But the truth of Universalism in my opinion is more important than the truth that Jesus is Lord.  Because Jesus could be Lord, but God the Father, a God of Wrath who is going to burn all homosexuals in effigy.  Because Jesus could be Lord, but God the Father, a God who mercilessly condemns all who don’t believe in him to eternal torment for his own twisted pleasure.

 

But when you tell someone that God loves them so much, that God made sure they have a place in heaven by sending  God’s Son to claim their souls and write their names in the Lamb’s book of life!!  When you tell someone that God loves them so much that no matter what mistakes they make, God will find a way to redeem them.  Then there is no mistake or confusion.  They know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves them, and they also have a very clear since of what love really is!!  Universalism is perfect.  And oh my goodness to find a perfect thing in this imperfect world, is quite a blessing!!

The Universalism Road

BY: Woodrow Lucas

Are you afraid of going to eternal hell?  Does eternal hell bother you?  What would you say if I told you that no one, anywhere, would ever go to eternal hell?  What would you say, if I told you that your ultimate destiny is bliss and joy, irrespective of what you believe.  Here is a road, called the Universalism Road, that I ask that you walk down with me for a moment.

  1.  When our children sin, do we punish them because they deserve it, or do we punish them because we want to teach them a lesson?

 

  1. In Luke 23:24, Jesus from the Cross states “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”(NRSV)

This declaration describes the human condition, wherein we really at the end of the day do not know what we are doing.

 

  1.  The condition that results when you don’t know what you’re doing is usually sin.  But Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, knowing that we were really just ignorant children who did not know how to find the path for ourselves.  I John 2:2 says, “He is our atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”(NRSV)

 

  1. Some say that you have to confess or give your life over to Jesus, “Our atoning sacrifice” before you die or you spend eternity writhing in hell.  But 1 Peter 4:6 states,” For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the dead, so that, though they having been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the spirit as God does. “ 1 Peter 4:6 suggests that if confession is necessary, you most definitely have a lot longer than your earthly life time to confess.

 

  1. Also certain scriptures like Collossians 2:13 suggests that it is more about Jesus’ Faith and his work of redemption and less about our faith that has redeemed us to a brilliant destiny.  Collossians 2:13-15 states, “And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh , God made you alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands.  He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers an authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.

 

  1. Jesus announced this victory and the redemption that came to all if he got the victory in  John 12:32 when he states, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”(NRSV)

 

  1. Bottom Line Jesus is Lord.  But whether you believe that he is Lord or not, you will eventually know bliss in heaven.  Because Jesus Died for you, and his faith, and his atonenment is sufficient to secure a happy ending for you.  Phillipians 2 speaks of the Happy Ending that awaits us all at the resurrection, where people from every religion, race, color, gender, and political orientation gather to see the lamb returned in Glory and are so full of awe at what they see that “Every knee bows in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

The Gift of Balance

By: Woodrow Odom Lucas

God is about a lot of things.  God is about faith.  God is about hope.  God is about love.  But God is also about balance.  Often as we journey this walk of faith, we forget that although balance isn’t mentioned much in Christian scripture, that it is absolutely essential to well- rounded development in Christ.  I have often thought that many Christians who believe in eternal hell are loving in an imbalanced way, where they love God to the exclusion of their human brothers and sisters rather than loving God directly and through loving their human brothers and sisters.  I have often also thought that Christians who have a lot of anger toward God as a consequence of human injustice are loving their human brothers and sisters to the exclusion of God rather than loving their human brothers and sisters directly and through loving God.  The balance of horizontal and vertical love makes for the most fulfilling life.

 

Recently, in regards to balance, I have arrived at some conclusions about gratitude, performance, compassion, vulnerability, transparency, mumbling, grumbling, complaining, faith and presumption.  In the same way as loving God, loving ourselves, and loving others is a multidimensional scenario that requires balance to operate in appropriately it seems that to operate in gratitude, compassion, vulnerability, and faith also requires balance.

 

When we operate in gratitude there is often a temptation to perform and hide our ugliness from God and others.  But our ugliness is part of what makes us the beautiful creatures that we are and you can’t overcome something that you are constantly hiding.  So when we are grateful we need to balance that gratitude with a compassion, vulnerability, and transparency concerning ourselves and others.

 

But as we operate in compassion, vulnerability, and transparency then mumbling, grumbling, and complaining often arises against the powers that be who allow all of the suffering that we are embracing.  Acceptance, helps us to stay grateful even while we are embracing the suffering in our own lives and the lives of others with compassion, vulnerability, and transparency.

 

Lastly, when we engage in faith, that is “the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen” there is often a tendency to also engage in presumption or assuming that things are true that just simply aren’t true.  It is very hard to walk the balance between faith and presumption, because part of faith is making assumptions about reality based on the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Because we all see as through a glass darkly and then face to face and because we all know in part, it seems as though presumption and faith are natural bedfellows.  But through praxis in honesty, humility, truth telling and truth receiving I believe that it is possible to walk in faith that has a dirth of presumption accompanying it.

 

The true balance that we seek as saints is to walk in gratitude and testimony without performance, to walk in true compassion , vulnerability, and transparency without mumbling, grumbling, and complaining, and to walk in true faith without presumption.  Oh what a gift balance is.