Creeds

Each of us operates according to a creed:

a set of beliefs or aims.

No exceptions.

Sometimes we acknowledge our creeds.

Sometimes we don’t.

Nonetheless, our creeds

fuel our decisions,

direct our actions,

propel our hopes or our despairs, and

shape how we interpret the world.

Creeds stall us, freeze us,

trap or liberate us.

For good or ill, they set us in motion,

often from behind the scenes

or from somewhere deep.

They either lie to us or tell us the truth.

Whoa.

Best if we ferret them out, don’t you think?

Best if we know what drives us?

I was nineteen, wild with heartbreak and hungers,

when God swapped my old way for grace and

brought me to his family.

Me, his newborn, swaddled in love

and a new creed:

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God,
      the Father almighty,
      maker of heaven and earth,
      of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
      the only Son of God,
      begotten from the Father before all ages,
           God from God,
           Light from Light,
           true God from true God,
      begotten, not made;
      of the same essence as the Father.
      Through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation
           he came down from heaven;
           he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
           and was made human.
           He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;
           he suffered and was buried.
           The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.
           He ascended to heaven
           and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
           He will come again with glory
           to judge the living and the dead.
           His kingdom will never end.

And we believe in the Holy Spirit,
      the Lord, the giver of life.
      He proceeds from the Father and the Son,
      and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified.
      He spoke through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy catholic* and apostolic church.
      We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,
      and to life in the world to come. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

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God-washed.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.”

—Isaiah 1:18

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Burdened.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you…”

—Psalm 55:22

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“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

—Philippians 4:8

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Merry Christmas, friends. I’ll be back with you on January 8.

Watching Nature, Seeing Life: Through His Creation, God Speaks

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P.S. In a surprising, wonderful announcement this week, I learned that Sugar Birds was selected for one of THESE:

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8 thoughts on “Creeds

  1. This feeds my soul. Beautiful! Thank you! Ruth

    On Sat, Dec 18, 2021 at 6:30 AM Cheryl Grey Bostrom, Author wrote:

    > Cheryl Grey Bostrom posted: ” Each of us operates according to a creed: a > set of beliefs or aims. No exceptions. Sometimes we acknowledge our creeds. > Sometimes we don’t. Nonetheless, our creeds fuel our decisions, direct our > actions, propel our hopes or o” >

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  2. Thank You Cheryl For My Saturday Morning, For The Pictures, Psalms, And This Mornings Nicene Creed. It Has Been Apart Of My Life Since I Was 7 Years Old. Joni

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  3. My author, Auralee shared this beautiful post. Thank you for sharing the We Believe…inclusive Christian creed as a Christmastime reminder. Blessed holy days to you and yours!

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  4. My author, Auralee Arkinsly, shared this beautiful post. Thank you for sharing the We Believe…inclusive Christian creed as a Christmastime reminder. Blessed holy days to you and yours!

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