January 10, 2022

01

Cullasaja Cascade 04/27/2007 Oil Paint Rendered — Cullasaja River Gorge, Nantahala National Forest, Franklin, North Carolina
When Jesus said,
"I will be with you always
to the end of the age,"
He was stating what had always
been the case.

He meant that his spirit 
is One with our spirit
throughout the ages.
from beginning to end forever.

The spirit of the Christ
is the spirit of our original nature,
spilling over, pouring out,
being true to itself
no matter what
through the ages--
reflected in the Buddha,
and Lao Tzu,
and Dolly Parton,
and Betty White,
and Helen Keller,
and FDR & Eleanor Roosevelt,
and all those like them 
in every generation
from the beginning
of time and action.

From the beginning 
of the right time
and of right action.

The right time
is the time of seeing and doing
the right thing,
in the right place,
in the right way.

The Christ within us--
the Christ we all are,
and always have been,
not because we believe anything in particular,
but because of who we are
and how we live our life--
seeing what needs to be done
and doing it the way it needs to be done
when and where it needs to be done
in each situation as it arises,
moment by moment,
day by day,
time after time,
always and forever,
because it needs to be done,
with no thought of gain or merit
beyond the joy of doing it
and the delight/satisfaction 
of having done it.

That was Jesus when 
he was being the Christ.
It is me when I am being the Christ.
It is you when you are being the Christ.
It is being aligned with the Tao,
and living in accord with the Way,
in all times and places,
everyday.

That is the Christ 
that will be with us always,
in all times and places,
in every here and now,
always and forever.

The Christ is with us
to the extent that 
we are with the Christ,
being the Christ,
doing the Christ,
by seeing and doing 
what needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
here and now
throughout the time left for living.

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02

Black Bayou 18/19 Panorama 11/02/2015 — Black Bayou Lake Wildlife Management Preserve, Monroe, Louisiana
Knowing what is meaningful to us
and doing it
is the track to take
in living the life that is ours to live,
in sync with,
aligned with,
in accord with our original nature,
within the context and circumstances
of the here and now of the everyday.

To not do that is to betray ourselves
in the deepest way,
and fail the destiny 
that is ours to live,
and wander in the wasteland
of our discontent,
having never been who we are,
having never done what is ours to do.

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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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