TO THE CREATOR


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Open letter to The Creator. In this article I am going off the beaten path. I am a man of high faith. I do not believe in organized religion. The Bible states that no matter the amount of gold a man has this will not get him into the Kingdom of Heaven, so why should I have to give 10% of my earnings to the Catholic Church?  But I am a man of high faith. I do not mean any kind of disrespect to anyone who reads this and I am not trying to be funny, sarcastic, or immature. Just asking questions that I would ask The Creator if I ever got to meet her/him.

 Why did you allow for so much pain in this world? How did you allow to let some people  be extremely rich, and let some people to be extremely poor? If you are The Creator why do we have so many  different religions?  Why would a patient poor man have to die to received his  blessings and not receive them when he is alive? Like Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)  If people pray day in and day out, to have a priest, pastor, maybe a rabbi tell them they are doing it wrong does this mean you did not hear them?

I am just asking questions that I think a lot of people have asked at one time or another. I pray day in and day out, I am not ashamed to say it and I sometimes wonder if my prayers are being heard. No I do not pray for myself as I pray for others. Maybe sometimes I throw in a prayer for maintaining my health, strength, energy, and wisdom for my daily life.

I do realize that a major problem in this world is greed and selfishness. Why do you allow people to trample each other over materialistic things? Why do you allow money to be such a big factor in peoples lives? Why must some children suffer more than others? I know it sounds like I am ranting and raving but the truth is I am asking question out loud. We all at one time or another ask these questions. I understand people do not like hearing the truth, but if you look around as humans we spend too much time worrying about things we have no control over.  People kill each other for stupid things. People lie and cheat to get ahead in life, or so they think.

I do wonder if my prayers are being heard? Am I praying the correct way? Will you tell me if I am praying incorrect or will you wait for me to get it correct? Why do people say when someone dies “God takes the good ones”? I consider myself a good person but I’m still here, Oh!!! Oh !! Maybe I am not that good. I really would like some answers as it gets harder and harder to maintain my faith in this world.

I have a reason for having my faith. I am an alcoholic. I have not had a drink in over 12 years and I feel The Creator gave me the strength and the courage to stop drinking. He has helped me accomplish things that I never thought or dreamed of doing. He helped me maintain my family even when I put them through a lot of pain because of my drinking.  I thank Him each day for all He has done. By the way this is the first time I have publicly talked about my alcoholism.  

 

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  1. From the Creator, to my creature, Joe Garrido.
    I read with interest your letter.
    So, now, I have my questions.
    Why do I have to get all the blame ? When I laid down the foundations of the earth, you weren’t there. When I created the first snowflake, you weren’t there. When I created your first mama and papa, you weren’t there.
    You didn’t hear when I told them, “take anything you want, except that fruit yonder”.
    I gave them everything they needed in that little garden, didn’t let heavy rain pour on them, instead let gentle mist rise from the ground to water and nourish the plants around them.
    I didn’t create them dumb and clueless, they had intellect, they had speech, they had the power of reasoning, so I brought to them all manner of beasts and animals, and they gave them names, I didn’t name those animals for them, or for you.
    I created them “perfect”, which is to say, complete, matured.
    So, I told them, “dont you eat of that JUST ONE FRUIT over yonder, because if you do, I guarantee you, you will die”.
    But, then, there’s this little serpent, also my creation. and his name is Lucifer, and he was rebellious, too, you know.
    So he speaks to your first ma and pa, and tells them, “nah, don’t believe Him. He just doesn’t want you to be like Him, you know ? Able to decide for yourself, to think for yourself, to be as god.”
    And that wily creature of subtlety knew exactly who the weaker one was, he talked to your first mama, her name was Eve, and she was loitering where she shouldn;t be loitering, and your first papa, his name was Adam, see, he was supposed to be responsible for her, but he didn’t keep an eye on her, so she comes sashaying to him, with this fruit, and she tells him, “let’s eat. see, that beautiful serpent over there, he says if we do, we’ll be as gods”.
    And Adam, oh, stupid Adam, he believed a fellow creature, no, THEY both believed a fellow creature.
    They thought that I, who was here before everybody else, and who brought things into existence, was just trying to keep them from glory, they forgot who I was, and who the serpent was, and who they were, and so they disobeyed.
    And they died.
    Spiritually.
    That is, they were detached from me, from my fellowship, and from the grace which I bestowed on them, and you, and others before you, and others after you, have inherited that same rebellious spirit.
    Well, I could say more, but, I don’t want my letter to you to be longer than your little questions to me, so, ciao, just keep turning it in your mind, a little bit, do you think it is just fair that I get all the blame ?

    (SGD) The LORD

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  2. Congratulations Joe, for the journey you have made so far. Getting one’s life back together is a big deal. As an non religious person, I have the same questions, only I direct them back at us. And rather than “why?,” the question is “how do we stop…” The reasons for cruelty, poverty, and hate are important only as sources in which to find solutions.

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    1. As you know Mr. Jones I also care a lot for my community. I ask the same question on how can we stop the injustice in this world and how can we educate our communities not to become statistics. I have been to the lowest of low in life but I have learned to rise from it. It’s not impossible and I know there are more like me in my community that have achieved the same but are not as bold to tell anyone. Breaking a cycle is hard being outcast in your own community is harder but we managed day by day. Thank You for your support.

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  3. Joe – You are brave and strong and so thoughtful! I admire so much how you put yourself out there, how you are so genuinely curious about the world and your place in it. You’re an incredible role model for your family and for others. I really appreciated reading this for a number of reasons. Keep writing, keep your faith and keep asking those questions. I believe that truth lies somewhere in the process. ❤

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    1. Allison- I am Honored that you read my article and Thank You for such kind words. It does not matter what I write, I do it from the Heart. I spent too many years being ashamed of my past and know I feel I am ready to talk and write about it. In the next few weeks I will come out with more accounts of my past as people are wondering and asking different questions on how I have been able to deal with it. So please stay tune.
      Hey I have to say I miss you guys. Happy Holidays

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