July 11, 2020


Swan Lake 07/05/2019 05 — Swan Lake Iris Gardens, Sumter, South Carolina, July 5, 2019
We have to mean it,
run a tight ship
(That means self-discipline),
straight from the heart,
with sincerity
and no contrivance
(That means without looking for our own advantage, good, benefit in any way),
with no judgment or opinion,
seeking only to serve the moment
in doing what is called for,
in each situation as it arises,
all our life long.

Our only question is
"What does this occasion call for?"
Our only course of action is
to rise to the occasion
and offer what is called for
with the gifts, genius, daemon, virtues/character
that came with us from the womb,
and follow The Way as it opens before us,
inviting us as only we can detect,
and see where it goes.

The old alchemists had a saying,
"One book opens another."
Our moments can do that as well.

Karma is momentum as much as direction,
carrying us on the current of life
through the doors Grace opens
into a future quite beyond imagining.

We trust ourselves to our life
by asking "What does this occasion call for?"
And rising to the occasion.
Occasion after occasion.



The Grove 01/29/2015 01 Panorama — ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge, Hollywood, South Carolina, January 29, 2015
There is always a price to be paid
for doing things out of time.
We are paying that price right now--
individually and personally,
corporately and nationally/internationally.

The world is out of step with the times--
and has been for times past counting.

The only sin is being out of step with the times.

All the talk about repentance,
and awakening,
and "getting right with God..."
all the business about redemption,
and righteousness,
and living "at one with God..."
is about getting our timing back.
About getting back in step with the times.

Karma is about the price to be paid
for being out of step with the times.

The recognition of the importance
of being in accord with the times
is as old as time itself.

"There is a time and a place for everything."
"For everything there is a season,
and a time for everything under heaven."

Those who know,
know the same things.
What is to be known
has always been known.
There are no secrets.
No hidden spiritual truths.
No esoteric rituals and beliefs.

There is only the stuff we don't want to know--
because it would complicate our lives
and require us to decide,
if we are going to live out of our own willful desire
for the time and place of our living,
or out of our own willful submission
to what is being called for
in each time and place of our living.

In every moment,
we stand with Adam and Eve
in the Garden of Eden,
and with Jesus of Nazareth
in the Garden of Gethsemane,
and decide whether we will be 
in or out of sync
with the time that is upon us,
here and now.

And, that is the choice
"that sways the future
for the good or evil side."
Made each moment,
impacting all ages to come forever.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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