Assent’s Ascent

Who can be one with God?.. The psalmist says

The person with clean hands and pure heart

The person who does not lie by oath or deceive by swear[1]

Clean hands

work delivers dignity

it is not how much, or how well

it is the joy of producing

Pure heart

intention affords affinity

the expression of what we do

begets kindness and community

Authentic oath

pledge verifies validity

a promise requires commitment

not lip service or hollow gestures

Sworn witness

word increases integrity

taking a stand is what we stand for

reporting the truth sees with God’s eyes

We’ve got some difficult days ahead.

But it really doesn’t matter with me now,

because I’ve been to the mountaintop.[2]


[1] Psalm 24

[2] Martin Luther King

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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