I Will Follow Him
| I WILL FOLLOW HIM
I will follow Him,
Follow Him wherever He may go,
And near Him, I always will be
For nothing can keep me away,
He is my destiny.
I will follow Him,
I love Him, I love Him, I love Him,
I will follow Him,
I love Him
There isn’t an ocean too deep,
I try to always walk a Spiritual Path and remember that all are my brothers and sisters on this planet.
Being raised Catholic and with several priests and nuns in the family, I received a very strong foundation of loving God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and The Blessed Virgin Mary. Though at an early age I began questioning many of the church’s laws. My mother’s uncle, Fr. Mark Tennien (author of “No Secret is Safe”, “ChungKing Listening Post”, & “I Remember Flores”), told my mother that teaching me religion was a myth after talking to me at the age of 9 yrs. old. He had asked me if I liked the church I was attending and I told him that I thought the church was of man’s laws and I wanted to find a church of God’s laws. I even asked him if he knew of one. (To me he was more my mother’s uncle then a Catholic priest.) My mother said that I really shook him up with my statement. The innocence of a child’s perception and honesty. : )
As I grew older, I thus began my quest to find a church where the laws were of God, only, and not of man’s ego. I have found several that have come close, “The Church of Religious Science”, “Unity Church”, and “The Teaching of the Inner Christ”. Yet none ever seemed to be solely based on God’s laws. They all seem to put their own human laws in, which was disheartening to me. Was there no church that was of God’s laws, only? In 1978, I decided to begin my ministerial education and now am an ordained minister. Though I have yet to find a church that does not have some sort of rules and regulations based on their own desires. I do not believe that God has laws, rules and regulations on how we should pray or be; other than the 10 commandments and the Golden Rule. So to me organized religion is just that…organized! Please do not think I am completely against religion as I am not. It gives us a solid foundation of God and some need that more than ever in such a chaotic world. Though I am against telling me when I have to go to church and if I do not I am a sinner. God loves me mistakes and all!
I have never lost sight of my Catholic background as it did give me such a wonderful foundation for loving God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and The Blessed Virgin Mary. Yet, I found that I felt like a SINNER, according to the church, and I never really felt that we, as humans, are really all that bad. We just make mistakes and furthermore we are allowed to! Afterall, isn’t that what part of being a human is…..to learn lessons? IMHO, being able to make mistakes and learn from them is how we, hopefully, grow closer to God. Through trial and error is how we grow and develop our “Spiritual Path”. Jesus’ had trials and errors to go through to become closer to God. One such trial was when He had to spend 40 days in the desert fighting off temptation.
Our quest in life is to rise above temptation; to follow the 10 commandments and the Golden Rule; to accept others as they are; and to bring harm to no one. Our quest is not to judge others because their skin color is different, their religion, customs or culture are different or their preferences are different. Ours is to live in peace and harmony together as God meant us to live. Besides that how interesting to learn the uniqueness of each of us. And how boring if we were all alike. One Planet; One People; With Great Diversity!
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