Connecting with Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompt on the silk road…


silk road caravans

spread three major religions

passing through desert

risk trade of valued treasure

thirsty souls seek higher goal




source: Essay Shark

we are Nasrani

Sept. 23, 2015 – Festival of the Sacrifice: ISIS videotapes shootings of three men executed for crime of being Christians. The victims were part of a group of 250 Syrians abducted in February during Islamic State attacks on 35 villages along the Khabur River in Hasakah province. Their captors threaten same fate to rest of group if $12 million ransom is not paid. Negotiations “have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group,” says Osama Edward, director of Assyrian Human Rights Network (based in Stockholm, Sweden).*

blood of the martyrs

Christian families destitute

bullet to the head


false religion instills hate

come quickly, Lord Jesus, come!


*WORLD magazine, 10-31-15, p. 40, “Fallen and Forsaken” by Mindy Belz

freedom’s creed


The right to believe what you choose comes with

the responsibility to allow another’s free choice.

The right to say what you want comes with

the responsibility to listen to another’s view.

The right to publish your own words comes with

the responsibility to enlighten another’s mind.

The right to live where you would comes with

the responsibility to live at peace with another.

The right to act on your convictions comes with

the responsibility to let others act on theirs.

The right to experience the joy of being alive comes with

the responsibility to respect the life of another.

When faith, speech, or action no longer respects the LIFE of another,

then it forfeits freedom and it  must.



seeking Truth, finding God


Following a false religion might just be a subconscious death wish.

Yet we probably agree that he who lives by the sword, dies by it.

Desire a real relationship with God, not religiosity.



 credit: Nazarene symbol 


By knowing Jesus, we come to understand that

God is truly love.



(“american sentences”: poems of one sentence containing 17 syllables)

1. religiosity. [ri lij′ē äs′ə tē]. noun. the quality of being religious, esp. of being excessively, ostentatiously, or mawkishly religious.  (
2Religiosity is an inappropriate devotion to the rituals and traditions of a religion. (

religious rhetoric


Who will tolerate the suppression of women threatened to silence?

What kind of god calls his followers to murderous acts of violence?

When do you know you’ve been accepted by fulfilling all requirements?

Where can people be free to make informed choices of what to believe?

Why would God need defending and why is conversion forced on neighbors?

How is it possible to restore our right relationship with God?


I will hide my eyes from you;

even if you offer many prayers,

I   will   not   listen.


Your hands are full of blood;

wash and make yourselves clean.

Take your evil deeds out of my sight!

Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!


Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.

Defend the cause of the fatherless

plead the case of the widow.


“Come now, let us reason together,”

says   the   Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.”


(God writes poetry to us through the pen of Isaiah;  chapter 1:13-18)