dear god

I think many of us right now may be feeling how I’m feeling which is questioning everything about life. I’m talking about what is currently happening on earth – take your pick it’s a lot.

Then I was flicking through the movie channels and came upon a documentary about this British band called XTC who wrote a very controversial song in the 80’s called ‘Dear God’ that is as it turns out is very apropos.

The lyrics are quite direct and clear. And as we’re told to have faith and believe blindly, sometimes it’s hard when everything seems so wrong.

I personally have deep faith. I don’t know where it comes from since I could be angry with God but I’m not. I’m angry with humanity and how much we’re off the rails in terms of love and kindness.

What does make me angry is not knowing what I can do. Hopelessness and helplessness are such powerful emotions. I just wish I knew how to pivot in order to pour that energy into something good.

Let me be clear, if I dig deep enough I can find the silver lining in every shitty situation, and I do. BUT it’s definitely getting more and more challenging.

I know I can only control my actions and feelings.

One thing that is coming more and more into light is meditation. Meditation is a powerful tool that should be taught in schools from day one. I believe it cannot only help individuals; it can turn the world around as we know it.

Everything I’ve read about it from personal stories of discovery and practice to the potential of ending violence is fascinating. I mean how could the act of being quite and focused to find calm and inner peace not benefit us?



Dear God, hope you get the letter and
I pray you can make it better down here
I don’t mean a big reduction in the price of beer
But all the people that you made in your image
See them starving on their feet
‘Cause they don’t get enough to eat from God
I can’t believe in you

Dear God, sorry to disturb you but
I feel that I should be heard loud and clear
We all need a big reduction in amount of tears
And all the people that you made in your image
See them fighting in the street
‘Cause they can’t make opinions meet about God
I can’t believe in you

Did you make disease and the diamond blue?
Did you make mankind after we made you?
And the Devil too!

Dear God don’t know if you noticed but
Your name is on a lot of quotes in this book
And us crazy humans wrote it, you should take a look
And all the people that you made in your image
Still believing that junk is true
Well I know it ain’t, and so do you

Dear God…..

I can’t believe in….
I don’t believe…..

I won’t believe in heaven or hell
No saints, no sinners, no devil as well
No pearly gates, no thorny crown
You’re always letting us humans down
The wars you bring, the babes you drown
Those lost at sea and never found
And it’s the same the whole world ’round
The hurt I see helps to compound
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is just somebody’s unholy hoax
And if you’re up there you’ll perceive
That my heart’s here upon my sleeve
If there’s one thing I don’t believe in

It’s you……   Dear God.

One thought on “dear god

  1. You’ve become both a philosopher and a theologian, dear Simone. Your questions, insights, feelings of powerlessness, helplessness that spring up, your thoughts about God, about our humanity, about life, about suffering go to the very heart of existence. Who are we? How did we get here? Where are we going? What’s the meaning of it all? Like other humans throughout history, you’ll be grappling with these mysteries for a lifetime. Most of the answers require a leap of faith, one that provides meaning and reassurance one day and, on other days, leave us doubting what we believe. What a journey! Meditation is clearly a way that has brought peace and serenity to many people and has allowed them to discover a part of themselves they had not experienced. More about this next time we talk. Papa xox


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