March 20, 2022


Beulah Land 21 Oil Paint Rendered — Atlantic Sunrise, Nags Head, North Carolina
Everyone once knew 
that the spiritual world
of instinct, intuition, imagination, hunches and nudges
was the foundation
of the material world of logic, reason, intelligence, 
morality and ethics.

Then the Age of Reason came along
and all that changed.


There is the kind of knowing
that knows facts and figures,
and what time it is,
and there is the kind of knowing
that knows what's what,
and what is called for,
when, where and how,
and what it is time for.

Scientists trust what they don't know
more than they trust what they do know.
The real foundation of science
is finding out more about what they don't know,
and discovering more questions
they don't know how to answer.

This makes science the best religion
of the modern age.
No theology.
And plenty of instinct, intuition and imagination
forms the ground of all worthy equations.

How the carbon atom produced compassion
is the miracle at the heart of the mystery of life.

That gets me every time!
Because all it takes is time.
Which is totally amazing.



Cypress Balls 11/13/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Bog Garden, Greensboro, North Carolina
Every time is the right time
for something--
if it is only waiting things out
until it is time to act.

Everything is good for something--
if it is only sitting in the stillness
while the mud settles
and the water clears.

We cannot hurry the propitious time,
we can only recognize it
when it is upon us.

In the meantime,
we go about our business as usual,
seeing what we look at,
knowing what's what,
what is called for,
and what needs to be done about it,
doing it as it needs to be done,
in each situation as it arises.

Empty of agendas and opinions,
with only preferences and opportunities
to guide us--
without insisting on anything,
or demanding anything
beyond the fundamental rights
that form the social contract
among all human beings.

And standing firm for those,
for ourselves and all others--
"without hope, 
without witness,
without reward"
(Steven Moffat).
Because knowing where to
draw the line
is the foundation
for all that follows.


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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