May 12, 2022

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Calla Lily 01 Oil Paint Rendered
What do you know of God
that you did not receive from some other source,
including the Bible?

What is your own experience of God?

Who is the God YOU call God?

Nobody can give you your God.
The only God that can be your God
is the God you know to be God,
not because somebody told you so,
but because you know it to be so
out of your own experience,
out of your own heart!

And if you do not know what I am talking about,
let this become your meditation--
your life's meditation--
opening yourself to the experience
of the God that IS God for you.

Seek it with all your heart,
and mind,
and soul,
and strength.

But the truth is you don't have to look very far.
Just open yourself to the truth
of the next moment.

Of your next encounter with truth, beauty, love, compassion...
Boom!
Let it knock you on your duff in the dust!
Let it bowl you over!
FEEL your life that you are living!
Open yourself to the EXPERIENCE of your days!
Of each situation as it arises!

God is not a belief!
God is an experience with truth, beauty, love, compassion...
Of humanity at its best.
Of life at its best.
Open yourself to the experience of being alive,
and, Boom!
There is God!

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Carolina Thread Trail 42 11/20/2016 Oil Paint Rendered — 12-mile Creek Segment, Waxhaw, North Carolina
When sincerity and integrity are not
the foundation of life together,
and when people will do anything for money,
and money is everywhere,
"the center cannot hold" (W.B. Yeats),
and things fall apart.

When people cannot be counted on
to mean what they say,
and say they did not say
what they in fact said,
and refuse to be truthful 
even under oath,
and no consequences are administered
by those in authority
because they, too, are guilty 
of complicity and deception,
it all goes to hell
and nothing can be counted on
to be what it appears to be.

In such circumstances,
it is incumbent upon each individual person
to live out of the still point
of their own individuality,
out of the truth of their own experience,
out of the adamantine rock
of their own sincerity and integrity
in being true to themselves
and to what they know to be
the anchoring source of their own
life and being.

They have to be who they say they are,
and do what they say they will do.

And when that is not the way it is
among the masses,
it must be the way it is
with me and you.
And we have to be able
to count on each other
in all things great and small.

An when we do not have another
on whom we can count,
we have to be able to 
count on ourselves.

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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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