God, Where Are You?

God, Where Are You?

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In mid-April 2015 I decided to start devoting part of my day to meditation. What I was hoping to achieve was salvaging some sense of spirituality before dying. Then ten or so days after commencing it, on the 24th of April while in meditation I found myself in prayer, something I haven't done since I was a late teen. All that that prayer consisted of was a continuous song repetition of "God, where are You?" During the prayer song it occurred to me I was in actual communion with God! It further occurred to me this communion was a thing I sorely needed and should and could no longer live without. So the idea of writing a kind of meditation book then came to me, except it would be one with thought as opposed to the far more sacred meditation without thought. In these meditations I fancy myself in conversation with God and God with me, following very personal autobiographical disclosures in those dialogues. A large reason for this is so this book will serve in the capacity of both self-help and spirituality for readers. Now this particular book will contain no curse words or foul depictions. These omissions were not only imposed because of the book's deep subject matter but because I've actually come to recently despise that kind of talk. Update, June 7th, 2015: Coincidentally the same day I complete this book, the cops ran me out of the camp where I hung out during the writing of this work, being a camp which figured prominently in our book's limited storyline. I really try to respect police officers but that would-be sentiment always seems to get sabotaged by cops that can't mind their own business and gotta pry all the time. They always gotta mess with somebody, talkin' unprovoked they do. That's cool, I ain't gonna sweat it. They can have that camp, and they can have the whole of Madtown to boot! Now I'm hearing another melody in my head, a line from Goebel Reeves' 1961 song 'Hobo's Lullaby': "I know the police cause you trouble. They cause trouble everywhere..." Hold on, look, I know there are decent cops too. I know a couple myself. But unfortunately there's also a large percentage that really do "cause trouble everywhere," just like back in Goebel's day. Can't whitewash that reality none. I wouldn't be bringing any of this up if I wasn't so bummed out about the whole thing. Oh well... Also, there's a thing eating at me I should get off my chest. I describe a scene on page 70 ff. which I shared with the guy who was involved in that dialogue, a guy I used to drink with. He stated what I wrote was fairly accurate except in one area. He swears he never said he was "a voice for the Black man." And I swear to the contrary, he did indeed say exactly that. In other words he was calling me a liar. And well, I take real offense with that. I might be crazy, and I might be this or that or the other, but one thing I absolutely am not is a liar. Then again, I just consider the source. I mean this same fellow made the outrageous accusation that mythologist Joseph Campbell once wrote a paper advocating eugenics! I scoured the Internet in search of all of Mr. Campbell's detractors and critics and didn't find squat linking that great man to eugenics. The worst I found was the unsubstantiated charge Campbell was anti-Semitic. Oh and to that I indignantly counter: Joseph Campbell was not anti-Semitic, or prejudiced in any way! Still I didn't find jack on eugenics. I didn't find it because it wasn't there; I didn't find it because dude was a liar, a liar calling me a liar, wow! Even so, I'll remain civil and polite to the guy, as I am to everyone. Harassing cops and bogus friends, ha, that seems to be the story of my life. Note: the above was written shortly after the publication of this book. A last revision of this work was effected in early January 2016. Update, March 2016: To keep them in sync with the rest of the book, pages 113-138 were aligned or justified.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 8.38mm | 276.69g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514170655
  • 9781514170656

About MR Lenny Francis

A good deal of autobiographical details will appear in this book 'God, Where Are You?' and, honestly, a lot more than I wanted to share with anyone. So we'll just leave it at that.show more