January 23, 2022


Old Shelton Church Ruins 02 11/12/2017 Oil Paint Rendered — Yemassee, South Carolina
My work is seeing and saying what's so.
Whether anyone sees and hears it or not.

My work is seeing and saying.
It has nothing to do with
finding someone who can see and hear.

What is seen and said
elicit their own seeing and hearing,
call it forth it its own time
among those who are capable of the task.

I'm planting the seed.
After that, the seed is on its own.
I'm casting bread upon the water,
beyond that,
the bread takes care of itself.
If the little fishes and ducks
make a meal of it,
that's up to them.
It is no concern of mine.
I have to be making more bread.

What is your work to do?

It better have nothing whatsoever to do
with wanting, getting and having!
Our work has to do with giving, giving, giving!
Our work has to do with knowing
what is ours to do,
and doing, doing, doing,

With doing what needs to be done!
With doing what needs us to do it!

To hell with wanting, getting and having!

What needs to be done?
What needs us to do it?
When? Where? How?
Those are our questions to answer.

How do we live our life
in and around those questions?
In service to those questions?
Alive to those questions
in each situation as it arises?

Those are our questions to answer.

To hell with wanting, getting and having!

Can you hear what I am saying?
That's on you!



Buck Paysour Hand-tied Popper 01 2008 Oil Paint Rendered
I wish my mom had not married my father.
So I live to redeem her decision,
insofar as I am able.

We all need redemption.

Growing up takes its toll upon us all.

We grow up some more again everyday,
or every now and then.

We come with everything we need for the work
when we plop out of the womb.

Our original nature is replete with 
that are just what we need
to meet every situation as it arises
and do there what needs to be done,
when it needs to be done,
the way it needs to be done,
because it needs to be done,
for the joy of doing it
and the delight/satisfaction
of having done it
all our life long.

But the gifts run aground upon the wants.
And that's where growing up comes in.

becomes an alternate way of life.
Alternate to the way our life needs to be lived.

My mother said, "Anything but this!"
about her life as it was,
and married my father.

We are all always doing something similar.

That's where redemption comes in.

We redeem the past
be growing up some more again in the present,
and doing what needs to be done there
with the gifts/daemon (sounds like "di-MON")/etc.
of our original nature.

As we redeem our past,
we redeem the past of our ancestors,
and make the world a better place
for everyone.

Katheryne and Big James will need more
than one generation.


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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