December 18, 2021


Black Bayou 53 11/02/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge, Monroe, Louisiana
Our relationship with what is meaningful to us
is the most important relationship in our life.

We owe fealty to what is meaningful to us.
Liege loyalty and filial devotion.

We cannot be loose and lax with meaningful.
We cannot loose sight of meaningful,
or allow it to wander away.

We must hold fast to it,
tether it to our waist.
Honor it with our company,
serve it with our life.

Meaningful IS life.
Without it we drift into listlessness and lethargy,
and soon thereafter, 
into hopelessness and despair.

Guard meaningful with fervor and intense passion!
Make it a part of your daily routine.
Do meaningful in the morning,
and at night.

If you catch yourself with time on your hands,
do something meaningful.

Commit yourself to it,
as though to your heart's true love.
As though 'tis the only thing
between you and the void.

It is.



Blue Ridge Fall 04 10/11/2015 Oil Paint Rendered — Blue Ridge Parkway, Blowing Rock, North Carolina
How do you go about establishing
and maintaining
your relationship with the Sacred,
the Divine,
the Holy,
the Numen,
the Ineffable,
the Mystery at the heart of life and being,
That Which Has Always Been Called God?

Where do you go to be in its presence?
What do you do to honor its reality in your life?
What do you do to strengthen your relationship with it?
To express/exhibit your devotion to it?
To deepen your connection with it?
To acknowledge the truth that you and it are one?

How often do you do these things?

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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