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Our Little Submissions

Our Little Submissions

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Published by Sheridan Voysey
When Australian performance poet Cameron Semmens asked me to contribute a chapter for his new book I heartily agreed. 'I'd like you to address the theme of submission,' he said. As it turned out, the topic was timely for me.

Here is the chapter in full, including his poignant accompanying poem about... a donkey. All will be explained as you read.

Please comment via www.sheridanvoysey.com/our-little-submissions
When Australian performance poet Cameron Semmens asked me to contribute a chapter for his new book I heartily agreed. 'I'd like you to address the theme of submission,' he said. As it turned out, the topic was timely for me.

Here is the chapter in full, including his poignant accompanying poem about... a donkey. All will be explained as you read.

Please comment via www.sheridanvoysey.com/our-little-submissions

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Published by: Sheridan Voysey on Feb 13, 2012
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Chapter 4.
SUBMISSION… with a Donkey
 “Submission beginswith a realisation,can plunge us into grief and threaten our security. But it is the seed of new life.” 
 
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 Revelation on The John
My toilet is Old Testamentine:Garden of Eden pot-planted on the window sill,Tower of Babel, a tall pile of mags by the door,Noah’s Ark, my toilet roll holder, bearing 2 by 2 ply.For long visitsI keep a box of Trivial Pursuit cards in the corner.Today’s history question:
What animal did Christ rideon his triumphant entry into Jerusalem? 
Instantly, I am thrust deep into the heart of the New Testament,to a man bobbing down a dusty road on a little beastsurrounded by a squeeze of jubilant humanity. And because I know the story back to frontI can see every detail in my mind.It sends a shiver down my spine – in every broad smile, the hint of fangs;beneath every cheer, a subtle growl;in the roar of this crowd, a stalking pride.There, on that ancient road,lined with branches and coatsI see the lamb amongst the lions.The Answer…
he’s riding a donkey colt.
 
 
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Our Little Submissions
by
S
heridan
V
oySey
 
 – writer, speaker, broadcaster oncontemporary spirituality.
It begins with a realisation, can plunge us into grief, even threaten oursecurity, then bring forth new life. At least that’s been my experience.I’m not sure the human soul has ever fancied the idea of submission. And it fancies it even less in an age where personal freedom is deemedsupreme. The legitimate feminist critiques of male domination, thecontinuing horrors of the modern slave trade and the steady parade of civic and religious leaders exposed as frauds have led to cynical distrust
of authority and power. And as my rst boss told me, we are all our
own masters. Each of us has a kingdom called ‘my life’ to which we feelsuitably entitled to rule. All of this places the idea of submission close toSharia Law on contemporary popularity lists. And yet the law of love demands submission, the fullness of life requiresit, and the Lord of All manifested it in all its radiance.
The act of submission is a sacricial gift that places the will of another
above our own. And as I recently discovered, it happens in fourprogressive stages.
The rst stage is the moment of recognition. We are presented with
a need, a truth, a person to which the decision of submission must bemade. For me it was the realisation that my wife needed a new beginning. A long-held dream of hers had been to live and work abroad, and it was
time for a fullled dream. As her life-mate, I had signicant power in
seeing this wish granted or denied.The recognition stage places the choice of submission before us. Andthis
choice
is what separates the Christian notion of submission from thedeadly substitutes of coercion, manipulation or domination. Christian

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