Truth, Love and Pain
“It does not require many words to speak the truth.” –Chief Joseph, NEZ PERCE
When we open our spiritual ears we are able to hear the Truth through people who think, believe and look different than us. The reality that the Lord will know all who want to be known is a Truth that the religions tend to ignore. Many religions say believe our way and then you will know the truth. Truth is, and God is know by all! But to few will allow themselves to be open, known and loved by Truth. To be open to love is to be vulnerable to being hurt – To love is to hurt, to feel pain for another. To be in a love relationship is not the absence of pain it is pain with love. To love is be “one” – it is to feel the joy, pain, peace, anger and suffering of another as tough it were you. In love, two become one – what is felt – is felt by both. To love a book or a movie is a lot easier – you love a dead thing and a dead thing can not cause you any real pain. A book or even words appeal to the mind but a person touches your soul, heart and feelings – that which lets you know that you are divine.
I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.
Good words will not give me back my children.
I cannot tell how much my heart suffered for my people while at Leavenworth.
I am tired of talk that comes to nothing.
I want the white people to understand my people.
I hope that no more groans of wounded men and women will ever go to the ear of the Great Spirit Chief above, and that all people may be one people.
To the Great Spirit Chief,
Thank you for the gift of Chief Joseph, a man who loved people with your love. May his prayer be heard by us Christian people who caused him so much pain.