God’s child

The flowers of the earth do no grudge at one another,
though one be more beautiful and fuller of virtue than another;
but they stand kindly one by another, and enjoy one
another’s virtue.

Jakob Boehme


(Bocce balls in the sand / Rosemary Beach / Julie Cook / 2017)

“Who hates his neighbor has not the rights of a child.”
And not only has he no rights as a child, he has no “father”.
God is not my father in particular, or any man’s father (horrible presumption and madness!);
no, He is only father in the sense of father of all,
and consequently only my father in so far as He is the father of all.
When I hate someone or deny God is his father,
it is not he who loses, but I:
for then I have no father.

Søren Kierkegaard

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are:
Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child,
nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

1 John 3:10

5 comments on “God’s child

  1. Lynda says:

    Very powerful quotes! I really love the metaphor of the flowers enjoying the company of each other. Kierkegaard’s quote gives one much food for thought as it is a reversal of how we think much of the time. May God help us to regard others in the way that Jesus taught us – to love as God has loved us. Blessings on your day Julie.

  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Love is the spiritual DNA test of whether or not we’re a child of God.

  3. Citizen Tom says:

    Reblogged this on Citizen Tom and commented:
    Perhaps I am being presumptuous. I don’t have the permission of the ladies who wrote these posts, and the thought is my own. Nevertheless, I tend to think of God’s child as a companion piece to RESISTANCE? Why? Well, if we deny the humanity of another person — if we hate them just for not being in accord with what we want — then we must give up our rights as a child of God.

  4. […] of the ladies who wrote these posts, and the thought is my own. Nevertheless, I tend to think of God’s child as a companion piece to RESISTANCE? Why? Well, if we deny the humanity of another person — […]

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