Do you know how to use the Bible?

imageHello out there in never-never land of riches and glory. Can anyone explain the Bible? Can you tell me how to use the greatest book ever written by man? I was raised strict Irish Catholic and I was never asked to read the Bible. Don’t you find that extraordinary? I have fallen away from my church because of my experiences with it’s principles. Preach to me and do as I say but pedophilia is ok. A priest can hide in the church and not be punished, but if I do it I go to jail and I  am ostracized from the community. My Grandfather past away and before he died he ask his best friend to give him his last rights and the priest said no because he knew what he did as a young man. Is a priest God? Can a priest condemn a man when he searches for forgiveness? How do you expect a person to believe in the Bible when the church lives by a different creed? Did not God forgive the murderer on the cross?

I began to read the Bible in search for a meaning of my existence. I wish to be a better person and in search for making a difference in life I am searching for guidance. I do not believe in organized, money grubbing church organization. How can a preacher live in a ten million dollar home, drive a Mercedes Benz and preach to the people about God. Give me money and I will save your soul. In my neighborhood the joke was a Minister on every corner. No taxes to worry about, I need a new car , the parishioners will supply me one. Is that in the Bible? I had a member of a certain religion tell me her God is the one true God. Tell that to a Muslum and watch the controversy ensue. Is that in the Bible or is it true if you are not a Baptist, you will be forced to the fires of hell for eternity.

I look at the picture of the Angels and I hope they sit on my shoulders to guide me to goodness and kindness. How do you use a Bible? I have two; a Catholic Bible and St James version. Which is the right version? Any Idea? I will read both in the quest for betterment. I worked too hard all my life to give my money to the church. Blasphemy! Any takers, someone wish to show me how to use the Bible? Pura Vida!

The Holy Bible

Tell Me Lord

Tell me lord, why is the world so cruel?
Yet your sky is so blue
Tell me why there is hate
That makes the soul so black

Why did we go to the moon?
But we let our people starve and live in the streets
Tell me Lord why I should talk to you
Because I do not know what to do

Tell me Lord , why can’t we live in peace?
We war in the name of God
Does not that seem odd?
Tell me Lord, who is my brother?

Tell me Lord, If the heart is the gateway to the soul
Why is our souls so dark?
Tell me Lord, why did Dad loose his house?
Payments were heavy for his sick spouse

Tell me Lord why I should pray for help?
When everyone looks out for themselves
Tell me Lord that it is true
That you will help us through

Is Armageddon our salvation or our fate ?
Is it too late?

 

 

Do you believe in Angels?

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I took this picture of Angels in Zarcero, Costa Rica. It is Catholic Cathedral with many beautiful ceilings with a great abundance of wood to capture the elegance of the church. Outside, the topiary is phenomenal; bushes cut to look like dinosaurs, motorcycle, people and other trophies. The day we visited a man was using a drone to take pictures. The visit was great, but the ceiling of Angels stuck in my mind. Do you believe that an Angel watches over you?

Do you believe in the dark Angels? Those Angels that wish to fight against good; A fight for evil, which is a struggle between God and the Devil to cause havoc on earth. Do you believe there is an inherent evil, the Devil? You have free will and choose the course you take with the help of either Angel on your shoulders. Do you believe in both types of Angels? Are you always in a struggle to choose which direction to go or is your faith strong enough to prevail?

For me, in my deepest dark moments, I feel a presence, a warmth, that seems to keep me company to get through the tough times. Especially when I fail and need to pick myself off the ground. Many times I prayed to guide me in a better direction and help me through my conflict. How about you? Is it possible to believe in Angels?

Pua Vida!

Fell from the sky

Angel, you fell from the sky
You felt my sorrow: you heard my cry
You touched my shoulder and I was not alone
In time of death the angel shows

Show the way through the light
Show me to my husbands flight
Bring me to my family and friends
Do not desert me at the end

I led a good life raised my family well
Eighty nine years is quite a spell
Seen a world war and two police actions
Saw polio vaccinations have a positive reaction

Out lived my husband and three sisters
Independence with no assistance
Three daughters live close by
Children I can rely

Angel you fell from the sky
You felt my sorrow: heard my cry
You touched my shoulder and I was not alone
A little more time I am not ready To go
Thank you angel

 

Remembering Christmas

 

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I know I wrote saying my blog would be out on every Friday,but I couldn’t help telling you about my good fortune. Last night I had dinner with my Costa Rican friend, Carlos and his family.He invited Corina and I for Christmas Eve with his family. He owns a auto repair shop in Tilarán, Costa Rica. He is a simple hardworking man. Why he feels a kinship with me is beyond me. We have little in common,  other than being  comfortable with each other. He speaks little English, and I little Spanish, yet we are able to communicate with each other.

His family has never tasted a traditional prime rib roast with mash potatoes and vegetables. It is more money then he wishes to part with. A couple of days before Christmas I take him to Liberia, to San Martin meat company. I buy a six kilo prime rib   roast and we stop for a buffet lunch and discuss our Christmas dinner. He decides he will make mash potatoes and vegetables and I will cook the main course. We have a nice lunch and make the hour and a half trip back home.

Corina goes all out and bakes: homemade buns, cookies, Cerveche, a Caramel Apple pie and egg nog ( they have never tasted egg nog). I cook the Prime Rib and it is delicious if I do say so.We drive to Carlos’s house and he is waiting to help us. We carry the food into the house. I set the Prime rib on the table and his eyes light up wide. Carlos says it smells terrific in his broken English. He introduces us to his family: An uncle, Mom, Mom’s best friend, his wife and two children.

We love the kindness shown us tonight and enjoy the family who work hard at making us feel welcome. It is fun watching my new friends try something new. Isabella Mom’s best friend is hesitant about eating a big piece of beef. I cut a small tender piece and put it on her plate. It was about two ounces of meat that I chose very carefully. Giving here the most tender piece I could find.” Hmmm! Muy Bien,” she says. Carlos poars me another Scotch and we salute to family and friends. It is getting late and time to leave. We say good night and head home.

We enter our rental and notice we have no decorations. Carlos’s house had a nice array of Christmas decoration. We go to bed, thankful for our evening we enjoyed. We wake up for some passionate Christmas morning sex and sleep in until seven- thirty this morning. It is late for us because we usually awake at five or six in the morning. We have our usual morning beverages, Hot Chocolate with marshmallows for me and Coffee for Corina. We look for Christmas music to start our day and settle for a Christmas movie. The movie reminds me of Christmas of old. I am sadden knowing Christmas will never be the same. Some family members have let their emotions have the better of them, instead of moving on and forgiving each other for their part in the split.

I moved on to Costa Rica and am enjoying PURA VIDA. No stress from family members or the life I had in Las Vegas, Nevada. Being retired I chose to better my life by having less. Less tension, less opinion( if I listened to family saying I was crazy to go to CR) and a calm that came over me the first day I rented a place here in Costa Rica. Christmas will be quiet and peaceful. Thankful to my friend Carlos wishing to develop a friendship with this strange American. Deep down inside I wish for that family Christmas where the whole family is together, but until then; I hope you all have a marvelous Christmas and a happy new year.

Pura Vida!

Holiday

It’s the time of the year for celebration,
Homemade pies, turkey, and inebriation,.
Family gathering and reflection,
Making longtime friendly connections.

Forging to greater clarity,
Looking for loving charity,
Helping all people,
Keeping life simple.

Hot chocolate and oatmeal cookies,
Watching Christmas movies,
An open fire under the stars,
A full moon with evergreen smells from afar.

A blanket and a hug with your love,
Making wishes to the stars up above,
Simple wishes at Christmas time,
Peace on earth for all mankind.

What if you lost the ability…..

Ability

I am a lucky man! I am not rich from an American standard of living. I have a nice pension that allows me to live comfortably. Have a roof over my head,a car to drive, food on the table. I can live in a foreign country and enjoy what the country has to offer. I rent out my house in Las Vegas to afford my quiet adventure, but what if I lost the ability to see, hear, touch, smell or feel. Would life matter?

All the money, travel would be meaningless if you did not have these senses. I appreciate the early morning squawking of fifty parrots in the tree. The sounds of monkeys howling in the early morning. Barking of dogs and the meowing of the neighbors cats asking for some attention. I can live without the loud sounds of trucks and sirens blasting the airwaves. I love the sound of quiet that makes the sound of wind vibrate in my ears. Quiet would be devastating to me if I became completely deaf. If all I heard was nothing, silence is defeafening if all you heard was the ringing in your ears. How do deaf people do it? Live?

I love a beautiful sunset, sunrise and the smell of nature. Imagine not being able to see a loveones face because you had an accident that caused you to go blind. Would the memories of things and people pop in your memory and show you a vivid picture of what was? I think of these things and work at looking into people, places and things. Trying to get a memory to enjoy. It must be frustrating not to speak, not to have the ability to communicate.

My Mom had a stroke recently and Is paralyzed on the right side. She struggles to walk, but what is most debilitating is she can not speak. You can see the frustration in her eyes and body. Simple practices, like counting to ten is impossible. Saying I love you is lost. She looks at you to say something and cries in frustration. Why does God make diseases that cause people to suffer? Put me down before I needlessly suffer.

What would you do if you lost both your arms in combat? I could not imagine not to be able to hug my wife, girlfriend or child. What a devastation that must be. My heart goes out to anyone who can not get or give a hug. A simple jester of loving that some people lose. Feel is essential in my daily life. The petting of my little dogs on my lap or the hugging and caressing of my girlfriend throughout the day. I love awaking to my morning hugs. I love to hear the sounds of nature and I love the closeness an early morning hug and kiss gives me in bed.

Slowly I am losing my hearing. It comes with old age and I always had a hard time hearing. My best friend is almost deaf. He hears because of hearing aids. He and his sister were deaf at birth. Their Mom took a drug when she was pregnant that caused this affliction. They are two amazing individuals who learned to cope with deafness and you would not know they were deaf when you first meet them. Not until you try to talk to them when their back was turned and their hearing aids were not in.

My friends are examples of how you can enjoy life with disabilities. My girlfriend has psoriatic arthritis. A painful, swollen of the joints that make her immobile and in terrible pain. We get up early in the morning to get chores done. We go on excursions early in the day, because by one or two o’clock she is done. Simple tasks, like grocery shopping  needs to be done in a motorized cart. Costa Rica  at times is difficult for her because of the rock roads, no sidewalks and no electric carts to help handicapped people. She can not take long walks or hikes. Can not see waterfalls or walk in zoos or visit museums. With the help of a wheel chair we can go to some places, but not all countries have disability access.

I am a lucky man. I am reasonably healthy and enjoy all my senses. I hope I grow old gracefully.  What if you lost the ability……

Pura VIDA!

Growing Old

The muscles are stiff and the bones ache
The mind is slipping, is it too late?
No more birthdays; too many years to count
No time to sit and pout

Go for a walk in the early morning
Watch the sunrise in its orange glory
Fix a little breakfast and read the paper
Maybe play some word games a little later

Maybe go to a movie and have some lunch
Go to my favorite restaurant and visit the wild bunch
A few friends I made through the years
It’s a couple of hours of good cheer

Thank God for descent health
Just a little below stealth
Make sure I take all my pills
So I can keep walking up those hills

Have a light dinner
Check the television for a lively thriller
Stay up late reading a book
Fall asleep: only a few hours it took

To start a new day
There is a price you pay
You lose precious time
Live it sublimely
Each day I wake
An adventure I will take

Live

Redemption and Forgiveness

 

Life

Good Sunday Morning to you all out in blog land. I needed some added influence to shake my spirits and help me realize what a lucky person I am. I live in a beautiful country, with kind people and found my spirit lost for a couple of days. I Do not have religious fever, but believe in a better place( maybe making a better place where you are Helps). I believe in Devine guidance, being raise in the Catholic Church, although I do not support organized religion but do pray everyday.

Because of family health issues and difficult times the last two months, life seem to be beating me down. I needed some help and searched the Bible for phrases of inspiration. I hope not to injure or upset anyone who are of different beliefs or are non-believers. It is not my intention, only to write and divorce the deamons in my heart and recapture a piece of my soul I believe is darkened at the moment.

Our Father, which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
Amen.

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/lord_traditional_king_james.html#ixzz4Rt4SwGC5
Mark 10:45
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Luke 7:47-50

“For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”

Kings/8/39

then Thou dost hear in the heavens, the settled place of Thy dwelling, and hast forgiven, and hast done, and hast given to each according to all his ways, whose heart Thou knowest, (for Thou hast known — Thyself alone — the heart of all the sons of man),

I know little of the scriptures of the Bible for I am not a student, but do read it from time to time ( wonders of I pads). In reading the above verses it helped me to forgive my transgressors and move on. Throw away all thoughts of vengeance and physical violence and surrender myself to the spirit that encompasses PURA VIDA in Costa Rica. I realize there is evil amongst us, which must be dealt with and forgiven. I forgive the taking of my property and wish for them to be dealt with by the law. I hold no malice and wish to continue the path I have chosen with the lovely people of Aguacate, Costa Rica.

If I sound pompous or foolish, forgive me. I wish to live a full life free of animosity and hate. PURA VIDA AND THank YOU FOR LISTENING.

Destiny
Destiny is a journey
A life time quest not to hurry
Not a prediction from some guru
Or a directive from father to you

A planned systematic adventure
Not a self imposed indenture
Freedom to change if need be
The road may change as you will see

If as you strive your destiny appears
Then your journey you requested was full of cheers
As your journey comes to an end
Experience it with your friends

As you journeyed your family evolved
Then your destiny was resolved
Enjoy the journey