Dec. 22/2012: ‘Tis a Gift To Be Simple

Chaos Theory
by Darin L. Hammond

Why are we so quick to latch onto pronouncements from prophets or ancient societies that give us a heads up on the future? Each time a doomsday warning snatches the top spot in the news media many of us are sure that this time we know the exact date of our death. It seems we would rather have bad news than no news at all.

According to one of the most famous men to have ever lived, Jesus, no one knows the time and date of the end of the world. He also had a direct line to the God, only saying or doing what He saw his Father in heaven doing.

So why do we want to know the date of our death? I think that we simply we hate experiencing our vulnerability. We want to pretend that we are in control, and in the know. Life is the exact opposite. Until we stop railing against our powerlessness, we will never be happy. Only the truth sets us free. Only living in the present moment will we find the peace and joy we crave.

How do we live in the present moment? How do we accept our powerlessness and let go control the uncontrollable? By relaxing and taking a few deep breaths when we realize we are scheming about the future or mulling over our dubious past. I find that  a good laugh at my ridiculous tendency to play God puts me back into reality.

Even better sing or listen to the Shaker hymn,  Simple Gifts or the rewrite, The Lord of the Dance.

“Simple Gifts” was written by Elder Joseph while he was at the Shaker community in Alfred, Maine. These are the lyrics to his one-verse song:

Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,And when we find ourselves in the place just right,‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.When true simplicity is gain’d,To bow and to bend we shan’t be asham’d,To turn, turn will be our delight,Till by turning, turning we come ’round right.

       “Lord of the Dance”

Chorus to the hymn:

Dance, then, wherever you may be,
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he,
And I’ll lead you all, whereever you may be,
And I’ll lead you all in the Dance, said he.

9 thoughts on “Dec. 22/2012: ‘Tis a Gift To Be Simple

  1. Very true. We’re excited to hear the bad news sometimes not even aware of the good news. We want to be in control and it is difficult to accept our own powerlessness. Yes, we have to accept the fact that only the Lord knows. He has the power and control…. and definitely He has wonderful plans for us, today and forever…


    1. This is so true! I get so frustrated with the incessant pounding on certain topics, and the complete ignoring of others…

      As for the (non)-event itself, I think it’s two parts: nobody really believed the world would end, but everyone had that little paranoid moment to wonder if it really could be true. I guess that’s not all bad, IF we use the opportunity to think through our lives appropriately and institute change.


  2. Man has a tendency to want to be like God or become a god in his own right. The best way to do that is to have everyone believe that you have some sort of superior power or knowledge of the future, and this power is unique and God-given to that person. Of course, they are the chosen ones that can’t be challenged.

    You see Melanie, when I use to be part of a cultish church, everyone seemed to have the gift of prophesy or knowledge of wisdom. That way, they could control you by predicting silly little things that most intuitive women can do on the best of days, if you know what I mean. One person predicted that someone would buy a black car, and guess what? a couple years later the first car that person bought was ‘black’, so they believed that person gave them a prophetic word and that they were a prophet sent from God. I say, what are the odds of someone having a black car at some point in there life?

    It’s also very funny and odd how the gifts of real healing, miracles, raising people from ‘real death’ etc cannot be faked, so you’ll notice these gifts will always be lacking in these certain churches.

    Anyway, I better be going, before I take off in a different direction, I feel the passion starting, as this post is very interesting, and brings up many things.


  3. On the understanding that the world would end on the 22nd I did not complete my tax return, and did not pay any of my bills. Apart from one. I paid the electricity bill up to the 22nd December and no more. I would have hated the world ending then and it was too dark in my house to see it !!!

    I now have to pay a fine from the tax man. The electric has been cut off and I can’t complain to them because the telephone is cut off too.

    May I take this opportunity to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.

    God bless.


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