Missing Venomous Cobra Loose in the Neighborhood!

You walk into the world you make and lose yourself; but you find your way
in it all and you radiate. – Jack Johnson

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. — Maya Angelou

Each morning as you leave home, make sure that your real occupation is your preoccupation with experiencing God. Be engrossed in God no matter what work you are doing or whomever you are with. — Edward Hays

So, “Missing Venomous Cobra Loose in the Neighborhood!”

Did that get your attention? It got mine.

At first I thought, “Well, that’s clever clickbait for a title.” But I clicked the Star-Telegram link anyway and, yep, it’s apparently a real thing that happened yesterday! A pet poisonous cobra (keywords, “pet” and “poisonous”) escaped its owner’s house Tuesday afternoon in a residential neighborhood of Grand Prairie!

To clarify, the owner said, “Or it may have gotten into a house wall and died.” He’s just not sure.

So many questions!

Did people know their neighbor had a pet poisonous West African banded Cobra? It’s legal apparently, but why would anyone want a poisonous Cobra as a pet? Does he tell people about the snake before inviting them over? Is it a religious thing? What would Freud think? And how did the Cobra escape anyway? Shouldn’t it have been in a hermetically sealed glass cage AT ALL TIMES? And with an alarm and security camera attached somewhere?

Truly, isn’t it bad enough we have alligators, rattlesnakes, and mosquitos – not to mention a mutating, unpredictable, and deadly virus that now we have to worry about a pet Cobra on the loose?

Oh, and next month, we get “Open Carry!”

So, there is hope, though. Right? We also have various pet hawks, owls, and panthers in our neighborhoods who just might find it first! Or an alligator. Or a monkey. Or maybe someone with their open-carried weapon!

I suppose that’s not being very sympathetic of me with regard to someone’s love for their pet (a pet poisonous, venomous, West African Cobra!)

Meanwhile, GP city officials and poisonous snake apprehension specialists are warning individuals to not approach the snake if they see it (they’re so cute!) I’m wondering, though, don’t cobras have that hypnotizing thing they do before they strike?

So listen, my thought is this – if you do have to go outside before it’s announced the snake has been apprehended, just keep your eyes closed! Or carry a mirror with you, like when dealing with Medusa… just don’t look directly into its eyes!

Okay. I know. I’m being facetious. Of course. And you may be wondering, “What does any of this have to do with God, or spirituality, or eleven:eleven downtown this week?

Well, frankly, everything.

In this crazy, mixed-up, mysterious (and at times dangerous) world we live in, where is God anyway, if not in the very heart and craziness of this reality within which we live and move and have our being? And if that’s a thing, then what does it mean to live out of a life saturated with the Holy in our midst – especially where neighbors have poisonous snakes and alligators, or conflicting political/religious views, or carry guns on their belts, or refuse to be vaccinated while a global virus continues to mutate and threaten? How do we connect with, and radiate, God as love in such a place and time as we are in these days? How do we invite people into a wider space of love and healing connection? How are you doing with that now?

So this Sunday, August 8, we are Online-Only! One last time (for now). The links are below.

Rev. DeAndrea Dare will join me with our Kairos time and some thoughts on snakes and love! And Brad Thompson and the band will join in with some amazing new music videos. Let’s look at some ways we can radiate love as a daily spiritual practice, where even the “snakes” in our midst, as well as we ourselves, are transformed by the wonder and love of it all!

See you then!

Tom

So this Sunday, August 8, we are Online-Only! One last time (for now). The links are below.

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