A B C Wednesday ~ 19R

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abcw19groot  Mrs. Nesbitt’s ABC-Wednesday

 

Round 19-R

 

My 114th entry ~
Mijn 114e bijdrage

 

Gestart: 28 augustus 2014 : 15-G
Started: 28 augustus 2014 : 15-G

 

 

Hello and good morning, -afternoon, -evening, dear people who all participate is this wonderful photomeme, which is a joy to me, week after week, after week. I’m always curious to what you come up with!

The challenging letter of this week is the and I’ve chosen for the word Religion

Born and raised in a family in which religion was a forbidden subject and being disobedient, stubborn and curious as I was I came in contact with church and all that is related to religion through a friend who lived around the block and her family, her father was a minister. So on an early eage I learned to sing and pray. I’ve read all I could get my hands on.

Early 20-s I started to visit church every sunday, took on different ‘jobs’ in it. Church counsilor, youth-work, choir, womensclub etc etc. For several years I’ve made the montly magazine for our community because I was the only one person in it who had a computer and new how to work with it.
I’ve started studies to although the biggest one never was properly finished. At the age of 27 I got baptized and did my public confession. Never regretted it no matter who bad my relatives reacted on it. I considered myself grownup and fully in the right to make my own choises and decisions.

I don’t like to force people in anything at all, religion being one on those things. Every person should decide that for themself. I don’t convict people for whatever they do. If I do or do not like, or agree with, their actions does not matter. Every person has his own responsibillity to bear. Besides, there is far to much misery in the world, caused by religion too. I refuse to add on that. Having had enough misery of my own to deal with I don’t want to put misery on others no matter who or what they are.

Although I very rarely visit a church during a sundayservice, I often visit churches when they are empty. My religion is very important to me. I very rarely talk about it, I ‘just’ try to live my life the right way, being a good as possible christian as I can be. The only thing I regularyly do is volontueerswork in the hospital in the city where I live in. Once a month we organise services for patienst and their guests. The religion they have does not matter in any way, everyone is very very welcome. Those services are very heartwarming and special. I truly love to do that because it is, to me at least, what religion is about for a great part. Meeting and treating people with the utmost respect.

Religion is my guidance, I feel well with that in my life, is doesn’t hurt me or others. To me its good and that is enough.

 

Have ave a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / – week ~ ♫ M e l o d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)

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Goedemorgen / – middag / – avond beste deelnemers in deze mooi foto-uitdaging, waar ik week na week iedere keer weer veel plezier beleef. Ik ben elke week weer heel benieuwd naar waar jullie mee komen.

De uitdagende letter van deze week is de letter R en ik koos voor het woord Religie

Geboren en getogen in een gezin waarin religie een verboden onderwerp was…. ongehoorzaam, eigenwijs en nieuwsgierig als ik was… kwam ik al jong in contact met de kerk en alles dat daarbij hoort via een lagere school vriendinnetje en haar gezin. Haar vader was een dominee. Ik leerde dus al jong zingen en bidden. Ik las ook alles waar ik mijn handen op kon leggen.

Begin mijn 20-er jaren startte ik met het zondags naar de kerk gaan. Al snel had ik diverse petten op mijn hoofd in het kerkenwerk. Diaken, ouderling, kerkenraadslid, jeugdwerk, koor, vrouwenvereniging etc etc etc. Ik heb zelfs vele jaren lang het maandelijkse kerkenblad voor onze gemeente gemaakt omdat ik de enige was die over een computer beschikte en wist hoe ermee om te gaan. Ik volgde een aantal cursussen en startte zelfs een studie theologie die ik overigens niet afgemaakt heb. Op mijn 27e werd ik gedoopt en deed ik openbaar belijdenis. Ik zag mezelf als een volwassene en dus volledig in het recht staand die keuzes zelf te maken en voor mijn beslissingen verantwoordelijkheid te nemen. Ik heb er nooit spijt van gehad ongeacht de vele tegenstand die ik van mijn familie (niet mijn gezin!) kreeg.

Ik hou er absoluut niet van iemand iets op te dringen, ongeacht wat ook, dus zeker niet religie. Ieder mens heeft het recht dat zelf te beslissen. Ik veroordeel mensen ook niet voor wat ze doen of laten. Wat zij ook doen of laten, of ik het met ze eens ben of niet, doet er niet toe. Iedere persoon heeft zijn eigen verantwoordelijkheden te dragen. Bovendien, er is al meer dan genoeg ellende in de wereld, deels veroorzaakt door religie. Ik weiger dan ook pertinent om aan ellende bij te dragen. Heb zelf genoeg ellende gehad waarmee ik moest zien klaar te komen en zie het nut er dus ook totaal niet van in om anderen ellende te berokkenen, ongeacht wie of wat ze zijn.

Alhowel ik tegenwoordig nog maar zelden een zondagse kerkdienst bijwoon bezoek ik wel vaak kerken als ze open en leeg zijn. Mijn religie is erg belangrijk voor mij, Al praat ik er weinig over, ik probeer mijn leven zo goed mogelijk te leven en daarin een zo goed mogelijk christen te zijn. Wat ik dan wel doe is het vrijwilligerswerk in het ziekenhuis hier in de stad. Eens per maand organiseren we een kerkdienst voor patiënten en hun gasten. Of en welke religie ze aanhangen doet totaal niet ter zake, iedereen is welkom. Die diensten zijn altijd hartverwarmend en heel speciaal. Ik hou daar echt van omdat het voor mij, voor een groot deel althans, is waar religie om draait. Het elkaar ontmoeten en behandelen in alle respect.

Religie is mijn leidraad, ik voel me er goed bij, het schaadt noch mij noch anderen. Dat is goed. Dat is genoeg.

 

Wens je een fijne ABC-Wednesday-dag / – week. ~♫ M e l o d y

32x Akkoorden op ~ Chords on A B C Wednesday ~ 19R

  • Kakel  schreef ~ wrote:

    Als het je vrijwillige keuze is om gelovig te zijn, is het prima. Wanneer het je van kinds af aan min of meer door de strot wordt geduurd, zie ik daar het nut niet van in.
    En in Sinterklaas geloven, is ook een vorm van geloof!
    Lieve groet

  • Ellen  schreef ~ wrote:

    Thanks for your heartfelt post.

  • photowannabe  schreef ~ wrote:

    Well said Melody. I’m glad you made your decision for yourself.
    All of your volunteer work is very fulfilling.

  • artmusedog  schreef ~ wrote:

    beautiful photography and glad you found what ‘speaks to you’ ~ we all need to believe in a ‘higher power’ ~ blessings to you ~

    Wishing you a lovely week ~ ^_^

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      Thank you Artmusedog.

      I think you are right in saying ‘we all need to…. ‘ I at least do.

      Wishing you the same in the most beautiful way possible.

  • ewok1993  schreef ~ wrote:

    Lovely photo for the R word.

    http://kilelong.blogspot.nl/

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      Thank you Ewok. I love to photograph in churches so I have a lot of photo’s like these

  • jesh stg  schreef ~ wrote:

    Glad that you are believing and doing in what you think is right:)

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      Thank you Jesh. Doing what I think is right is totally related on my strong wish to do well on everybody, never to harm anyone in what ever way.

  • Roger Green  schreef ~ wrote:

    I fell in and out and now back into religion

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      I recognize that Roger…. had the same experiences a couple of times until that moment in which I realized that I did not loose faith in God but in people …. the bad things that happen in life are never caused by God.

  • Amit Agarwal  schreef ~ wrote:

    I am impressed by your views, Melody, and respect you.
    As about me, I don’t follow the religion I was born in nor do I follow any other faith.
    A curious and restless seeker that I am, I am groping around my way to the Truth!
    In short I prefer spirituality to religion..

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      Thank you Amit, what a lovely and heartwarming comment!

      Curious en restless seeker…. I can relate to that, I feel the same way about me. The truth is important and to me my religion is part of my truth.
      I also have a great belief in spirituality … being high sensitive I often ‘see’ and feel people around me which all have passed already …. I consider that as an extra blessing in my life.

  • Amit Agarwal  schreef ~ wrote:

    PS: Stunningly beautiful picture of Jesus Christ! I love him :)

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      ;-) Thank you. Me too of course. I love to visit churches and photograph in it..

  • readerwil  schreef ~ wrote:

    Wat een prachtige foto! Ik ben het helemaal met je stukje eens!

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      Dank je wel Wil, lief van je.

      Ik fotografeer graag in kerken dus heb vele foto’s. het doet me altijd heel goed dat te doen en er naderhand dan vaak op terug te kijken.

      Dat lees ik natuurlijk graag ;-)

  • Gattina  schreef ~ wrote:

    There are so many religions in the world ! As you say everybody should choose the one he likes or not at all.

    • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

      I agree Gattina…. and the most important thing about religion, feeling it or not…. is to be a good human being and always avoid hurting another.

  • Rajesh  schreef ~ wrote:

    Some people use Religion to divide community.

  • lesliebc  schreef ~ wrote:

    I was brought up in the United Church of Canada (a mix of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational) although there were Baptists in our ancestry, even a Pastor. I felt it was important that my daughters learn about it, too, so took them to Sunday School even though their Dad never attended. After lots of soul searching, I finally don’t go anymore much to some of my friends’ dismay. The reason is that I worked in the church office for about 3 years and realized that “church” is just “big business” and I saw lots of hypocrisy even amongst the leaders of the church. (If they talk about me the way they talk about other members, then what DOES it mean to be a “Christian”?) I just simply decided that I would keep my own personal faith in God and His true teachings and go my own way. I don’t even go to Christmas services because it’s just a huge “show” for those people who only go at that time. That said, I visit churches and cathedrals on my travels, preferably alone, so that I might sit quietly and feel God’s presence. I do not like any religion that professes that if you don’t accept their beliefs, then you will automatically go to Hell…that’s just awful in my opinion. For so long, I had to hold my tongue in the company of friends because I daren’t oppose their viewpoints. Anyway, you got me going – I like how you are dealing with your “religion” – in the truest form possible – giving to others in need.

  • Melody  schreef ~ wrote:

    Thank you Leslie for your story, I loved to read it and I totally agree…… I’ve met those kinds of people to, to often if I may say so. I practice (if one can say it like this) my faith the same way you do and that is good. I don;t need people to be able to have a relationship with God… I want to keep it as pure as possible indeed ;-)

    I also strongly believe that what I read in the bible is always some kind of metaphor which should be applied in the life one lives in the time and place one lives in. I can not really find the right words but I have no doubt what so ever that you will understand what I am trying to say ;-)

  • Arnoldo L. Romero  schreef ~ wrote:

    What a gorgeous crucifix! I agree that we need not be judgemental about people, as well as the fact that they need to seek their religion, not have it forced on them. Blessings!

    • Melody62  schreef ~ wrote:

      Indeed Arnoldo…. we all can only try to do the best for ourselves and hope for the best in otters

      Thank you likewise!!

  • Indrani  schreef ~ wrote:

    Wonderful take on R! Very good to know more about your views on this sensitive topic.
    You are doing an incredible service!
    Happy ABCW!

  • Joy  schreef ~ wrote:

    I was taught briefly by someone who had met a lot of spiritual leaders from various religions and his observation was those who were truly holy had two things in common, humility and a sense of humour. I have not been part of an organised religion for years but like to visit churches too.

  • Melody62  schreef ~ wrote:

    I think if it feels right…. then its okay

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