March 28, 2021

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Crepe Myrtle 01 Oil Paint Rendered
Joseph Campbell would say,
"Truth calls to us
from far in the back
of the darkest corner
of the deepest cave
we most don't want to enter."

And we would reply,
"Yeah, we know.
And we aren't going there!"
That's what we mean.
What we would actually say is,
"What are you talking about, Joe?
We don't have any idea about
what you are saying!
What on earth do you mean?"

We refuse to engage the truth
that calls to us from the depths
of that cave
by talking about it
up on the surface,
half a world away
from the entrance of the cave.

That is why we embrace bad religion--
it gives us theology,
and dogma,
and doctrines by the bushel baskets full.

We can talk bad religion
for generations,
ignoring the words of Jesus:
"Whoever hears these words of mine 
and does them are like people
who build their homes on solid rock...
And whoever hears these words of mine
and does not do them
are like people who build their homes on sand..."

The formula is:
Hear/Do,
not:
Hear/Talk About Forever.

What is it that you most do not want to hear?
Truth is hiding there.
Start digging.
In digging for the truth,
you are walking the path
that leads to the opening
of the cave you most don't want to enter.

That's the Hero's Journey.
To the far back 
of the darkest corner
of the deepest cave
that ever was.

Did someone just say,
"What do you mean?"?

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Peach Blossoms 03/23/2021 Oil Paint Rendered 02 — Springs Farm, Fort Mill, South Carolina
The truth that can be said/told/explained/defined
is a bridge to the Truth
that lies far back
in the darkest corner
of the deepest cave
that we most don't want to enter.

That Truth will eat our old life alive.
And raise us to life
in a new life that lies latent within us all,
waiting,
waiting,
hoping,
hoping,
that we will step into the cave
and keep going,
pressing on
deeper and deeper,
all the way to that darkest corner
far in the back.

Death and resurrection, Kid.
Death and resurrection.
Never was about Jesus.
Always was about me and you.
And that cave
we will do anything to avoid.

Along with its Truth
of who we are
and what is ours to do.

Even yet.
Even now.
Even still.
Even so.

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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