You don’t have to bow to a conceived Creator
to fall to your knees before creation.
You do not need to sing the Hymns from a book
or read another man’s words
to see yourself in the World.
Let the pages filled with Holy rules curl with age,
Your life is your own.
You may ask yourself the difficult questions and not find
You may stand in the sun and feel that this moment is a miracle,
without attributing the miracle to any entity.
You can wonder freely,
you can examine the stories of your life without fear,
you can be bewildered and humbled by the mysteries.
Some will offer you answers in exchange for your wonder;
they will impose regulations on your questions and your beliefs,
they will impose regulations on your choices.
They have no power except that which you give them,
but their promises of destruction and salvation will turn your heart to stone.
Look again. There is no salvation except the one you already know, to stand in the sun and know
that it is a miracle to stand in the sun.