February 28, 2021


Woods Stream 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Big Creek District, Waterville, North Carolina
Finding what resonates with us
and spending time with it
opens the way to balance and harmony.

Resonance is the bond uniting us
with the mystery
at the heart of life and being.

We know it when it happens,
but we cannot predict 
when it is going to happen,
or make it happen by force of will.

Something "strikes a cord,"
and we are "charmed."
Trying to analyze it
is a waste of time.

Recognize it,
acknowledge it,
and move closer to that
which calls your name!

Be spellbound!
Explore the experience!
See what it asks of you,
and where it goes!

Adventure begins this way
all of the time!



The Covered Bridge 01 Oil Paint Rendered — Sunday River Bridge, AKA Artist’s Bridge, Newry, Maine
Freedom gets a lot of press these days.
People assert their freedom
to not wear masks
which keep everyone free from COVID 19.

Everyone who screams about being free
to do what they please
are not free to choose what they please.
They know what they want
but they are not free to change what they want.
And they haven't changed their mind in years--
because they can't.

Jacob's call to "choose this day
whom you will serve,"
is about as free as it gets--
free to choose our master.

We want to be our own master,
but how free is that?
Free to do whatever we please
is pleasing whom?
And doing only what we please
keeps us from being free to be
a healthy,
trustworthy human being.

At the bottom of it all
is the need for things to work.
Walk through a psych ward.
Things aren't working there,
and everyone there wants something,
but being free to have it
doesn't make anything work better
for anyone.

The truth is that for things to work
we have to live in certain ways,
whether we want to or not.
And that's the truth.

It is the truth Jesus was talking about
when he said,
"You shall know the truth,
and the truth shall set you free."

Free to do what is the question.
Free to do what needs to be done
in each situation as it arises
is the answer.
Whether we want to or not is implied.

That is the key to making things work.

Until we do that,
we are all in a psych ward,
hoping we get our meds today--
with "meds" being whatever it takes
to calm us down.

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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