March 30, 2021

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November 11/04/2020 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Doughton Park, North Carolina
Look for things that invite reverie,
that are fascinating in their own right,
splendid,
stately,
elegant,
grand
and carry you away.

Live intentionally,
intent on being carried away.

How long has it been?
Visit an art museum slowly.
Go to a concert.
Take a walk in the woods
by a lake.

Put yourself in a place
where you stand a good chance
of being transported
to another realm,
to another dimension.

The experience of being transported
is often called "worship,"
and happens rather infrequently
in actual worship experiences,
though they are often loud,
flamboyant and flashy.

Where would you go to experience
what has always been called, "God"?
Go there,
sit for a while.

The wonder of being carried away,
from this world to another,
is much too absent from our lives,
and needs to be encouraged, 
sought after,
pursued.

As a way of reminding ourselves
of a way beyond our way,
where having things go our way
is not the prime motive for living,
and serving our agenda
is not the grounding purpose
of our life.

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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