October 2021


Bank Vault Door — BB&T, Waxhaw, North Carolina
Stillness and silence invite emptiness--
invite us to empty ourselves
of the clutter, complexity and noise
that make stillness and silence impossible--
and provide the atmosphere
necessary for rumination and reflection,
listening and looking,
inquiry and investigation
which lead to new realizations,
and open the way to transformation and redirection.

Everything hinges on regular returns
to stillness and silence
sprinkled throughout the day.
Every day.

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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