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Looking for God

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Jana Tovey
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0 posted 06-02-2000 12:26 AM       View Profile for Jana Tovey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Jana Tovey

I went to church to hear God,
but all I heard was hypocrisy,
as the congregation whispered
about each other
behind pure white gloved hands
their gossip determinable
by the wicked gleam of their eyes
and the nodding of their heads.
I went to church to know Godís grace
but all I heard was complaining
about the length of the service,
the choice of the hymn,
the neighbors unruly children,
and on and on...
Until I stopped trying to find God,
and found the door instead.
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since 05-13-2000
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1 posted 06-02-2000 12:41 AM       View Profile for dgvarner   Email dgvarner   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for dgvarner

its sad that church has become just a fashion show--of sorts..

i'm guilty myself..of watching my watch, or complaining about the hymn..(usually tho, its not the hymn, but the key in which i cant sing)...

but once in a while, you can find a good group of church members all in the same place..i'm thankful to have found one of those     now if i could just get up in time to get baby and me out the door on the wkends.....

 "A Poet's life is on written page; a scenario to take the stage--watch..." dgvarner
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2 posted 06-02-2000 02:51 AM       View Profile for Little_Spyro   Email Little_Spyro   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Little_Spyro

Even though I'm 14, I was choir director for my church's school for a short time, and making music is one of my favorite things besides poetry...
I don't mind going to church really, but yeah I can see it's going into a little bit of a decline!   More emphasis has been placed on the collection of the money now (and my church recently added a SECOND collection shortly before the closing hymn)...sigh...

I wrote a little something that I kind of thought would be like a prayer...that was a few months ago, called "The Cathedral". I hope God read it and posted a reply  

Little Spyro T. Dragon

Dennis L. White
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3 posted 06-02-2000 06:54 AM       View Profile for Dennis L. White   Email Dennis L. White   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dennis L. White

  Good one, by the way , if you find the perfect church,don't join it, that might ruin it! LOL  Only kidding ;^)  
Dennis  :^)

  Moonbeams radiate
As the veiling cloud has past
Playful shadows dance!

D.L.White :^)

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4 posted 06-02-2000 08:10 AM       View Profile for Honeybee   Email Honeybee   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Honeybee


I agree completely with the feelings expressed in your poem.  I couldn't have said it better myself.  A well written and an honest piece.  I too, have witnessed the hypocrisy of many churches first hand.  I know many poeple who attend church whom are not good people, so just because someone attends chuch it doens't mean that they are good poeple, just like parking your car underneath a small piece of wood doesn't necesarily make it a garage. I believe that you are a good person if you are kind, help others and are loyal to God.  I still haven't found the right church for me yet. Thanks for posting this!

Take care,
Melissa Honeybee
Jon Mewett
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5 posted 06-02-2000 10:11 AM       View Profile for Jon Mewett   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jon Mewett

I echo what Mel has said above.

It's a bit of a 'Turning over of the tables in the Temple' experience for me.

I think there are more 'Holy' people outside of the established churches than inside.

But OK every one has there own path to tread.

Sometimes it's a rocky road.

Thanks for your Poem

since 03-29-2000
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6 posted 06-02-2000 04:48 PM       View Profile for SwŚmp§Faerˇie   Email SwŚmp§Faerˇie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SwŚmp§Faerˇie

I think there's to much of this kind of thing in the world. It's like everything "the church" says,they do the opposite. Thou shalt not murder......and they go to war to kill their brothers of the very same religion,but a differnt nationality. That really irks me!! Among many many other things. But i have found a religion that is very.....un-hypocritical and doesn't profess one thing and do another. i appreciate that and am very grateful i've got it!!
jANA your poems are SO deep and meaningful...i really admire that!! Very few of mine result in anything with meaning....mebe i will learn from you!! =]

swampius maximus

 And there she weaves by night and day,
a magic web of colours gay.~Tennyson
Jana Tovey
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7 posted 06-02-2000 07:47 PM       View Profile for Jana Tovey   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jana Tovey

I've really enjoyed reading all of these responses.  I had to laugh at yours, Dennis, and your probably right, by the way!!

Little_ Spyro, that two-collection church you mentioned was a new one on me, however I did attend a Catholic Church once that pushed a big loosely woven net down the aisles at you.  When I put in my quarters, they fell through!  

dg, I know what you mean about time!  Hey that gives me a thought...if more busy people went to church, they wouldn't have time to gossip and be critical!  I think it's the ones with too much time on their hands who do most of the mean things.

I'm with you Jon and Melissa...if you live your life treating people with respect and giving back at least as much as you get out of life, then you are a good person.

And Swampy, you do write deep and meanigful poems...I know, I've read them!!  
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8 posted 06-02-2000 09:29 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

I'd head for the door too if that was my church...who needs that? But you don't need to be in a special building to find God. You can do that right where you are at, wherever that is. Great poem!

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9 posted 12-25-2004 11:17 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

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