izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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Late-night pensiveness

Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote:

"I believe in an ultimate decency of things."

There are so many times that I wish I did. That I could believe, and not only believe, but see, that the world and people are truly decent at the core, down at the very bottom.

But so often what I see is the exact opposite. Take men or women down to the bottom, and while there may be some heroes, many people distill to fear or selfishness or hatred.

And then I realize that I wouldn't want to believe in something as mundane as an "ultimate decency," when I can and do believe that what is at the core of existence, beyond what we normally see, is something far greater: a creativity and a love, a beauty and a burning, embracing joy. Something that can envelop even the worst dregs of our humanity and recreate us in that Image.

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Tags: contemplative, creed, godstuff, quotey

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